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Holiday Spinach Balls

Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

In the holiday spirit I hope readers will forgive a wildly off-topic post.

Tomorrow I'll participate in the pot-luck lunch that has become a holiday tradition at what is now Oracle's downtown Cleveland office, which used to be the BEA office, and before that the Flashline office. Over the years my contribution to these pot-lucks has been a double batch of homemade spinach balls, accompanied by what I've dubbed HazMat Mustard Sauce.  Every year I get asked for the recipe, so this year I thought I'd be proactive and publish it here.

In the interest of full disclosure I must point out that this is not an original recipe. It was clipped from a magazine or newspaper years ago, and my wife, who is the serious foodie and recipe clipper in the family,  can't remember where we first saw it, or even if she was the original clipper. But hats off to the originator of this recipe, whoever you are, it's good eatin'. And now it's time to put it out in the cloud for all to enjoy.

BTW: this is holiday food - nutrition be damned!

Spinach Balls

  • 2 packages frozen chopped spinach (thawed, of course, and well drained)
  • 2 cups herb-flavored bread crumbs
  • 1 stick butter or margarine (melted)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 small scallions (chopped)
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Form into balls, about one heaping tablespoon each.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown

HazMat Mustard

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup sugar (Splenda works well as a substitute)
  • 1 egg yolk
  1. Combine vinegar and mustard in a sauce pan.
  2. Add sugar and egg yolk.
  3. Stir over low heat until the mixture thickens.
  4. Refrigerate until serving time.

It has been my observation that the longer the sauce sits, the more potent it becomes. I make it the night before serving. Be advised: the flavor is wonderful, but this stuff could easily be weaponized and used for riot control. Start out with a dime-sized dab on one of the spinach balls, then increase the dosage as your tolerance allows.

So, to everyone in the Oracle community, Happy Holidays! Enjoy!

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