Let’s just face it…every party has a pooper. Just the way it is. Sometimes she’s the low-talking dinner party guest seated next to you – You start with a lot of ‘Excuse me?’ and ‘I’m sorry, what did you say?’ and then at some point you give up and just start nodding and agreeing. You may be agreeing to a 5am yoga class or the absolute NYC No-No: a ride to the airport…But, at a certain point, you can’t hear, give up and resign yourself to the polite nod.
Sometimes he’s the bah-humbug type who monopolizes you during the cocktail hour. You know, ‘the city is so crowded with holiday revelers’, ‘the weather is terrible’, ‘I just don’t FEEL like Christmas’ etc.
She’s the food hater. The wine snob. The terrible gifter – the one who brings a clearly despised re-gift or a coffee mug filled with jelly beans – what?
There’s just always one.
One way to avoid being monopolized by the party pooper is to provide yourself with an escape route. Bring an appetizer that needs some care – escape to the kitchen. And, if you really need an out – even if there’s a waiter there – offer to serve the hors d’oeuvres.
One of my favorite passed hors d’oeuvres is the Spinach Party Popper – much better than a pooper!
Spinach Parmesan Party Poppers (makes 20)
1 10 oz package of Birdseye frozen chopped spinach – defrosted and squeezed dry of excess water
- 3 large eggs gently beaten
- 1/2 medium onion grated or minced
- 3 TBSP butter melted
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese – grated
- 1 Cup Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. In a microwave safe bowl, defrost the spinach – about 6 minutes on high stirring halfway through the process
2. Using a dishtowel – squeeze out the excess water from the spinach
Allow the spinach to cool a bit…
3. In a bowl, mix together the spinach, eggs, onion, butter, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs
4. Using a small (melon ball sized) scoop, make balls from the mixture and put onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with Reynold’s Wrap pan lining paper
5. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes – just until the balls are firm
6. You can either serve immediately…Or, if you need a party escape: allow to cool, transfer to a travel container and take to your next holiday party. Just reheat for about :10mins on 300 before serving
Even if you are not expecting a party pooper at your next holiday event, the spinach party poppers are a perfect passed hors d’oeuvre. And, because they are vegetarian, a crowd pleaser: They might even make a Scrooge smile, and, as far as you’ll know, they’re a favorite of low-talkers everywhere.
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