Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs

Here I am with another ‘puff’ recipe!

Puffs, puffs and more puffs, bring on the puffs, I never get tired of them.

Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs

When I was a kid my parents told me to eat my spinach so I could grow up to be like Popeye the Sailor Man.

Thank goodness I didn’t because I kind of like being a girl and I get sea sick.

Anywhoo, have you ever seen Popeye? He’s pretty rough and gnarly looking. He pops open Spinach cans with his teeth.

Not exactly what little girls aspire to be.

Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs
These mini spinach puffs have a soft, light, creamy texture, kind of like a souffle, that melts in your mouth.

They’re easy to make by adding fresh baby spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan, eggs and garlic to a food processor or blender and whizzing it up until until you get a fairly thin, vibrant green batter that you can pour or ladle straight into mini muffin pans.

They make a great side dish for dinner or brunch (appetizers too!) and are a fun way to get kids and fussy eaters to eat their spinach.

Just don’t tell them they’re going to grow up to be like Popeye.


Mini Cheesy Spinach Puffs
Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: about 26 mini puffs

Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs

The batter for these mini puffs is easy to make in a food processor or blender then it's poured into mini muffin pans to bake. They're soft, light and airy, kind of like souffles. You can serve them as a side dish or appetizer for dinner or brunch.


6 ounces cream cheese (regular or low-fat)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, sliced
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
8 ounces fresh baby spinach
cooking spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Microwave the cream cheese in 15 second increments until it's soft enough to stir with a spoon.
  3. Add the eggs to a bowl of a food processor or blender, then add the cream cheese, parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper. Top with the spinach leaves, if they don't all fit add them gradually.
  4. Pulse until well combined and the spinach is all chopped up, scraping down the sides if needed.
  5. Spray a non-stick mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Ladle or pour the spinach mixture into the cups filling almost to the top. You may have to cook in 2 batches depending on the size of your muffin tin.
  6. Bake 23 - 25 minutes until they are golden around the edges and set in the middle. Let cool five minutes then turn the muffin pan over and tap them out. If some of them stick run a butter knife around the edges and tap them out again.
  7. Serve warm.


Adapted from Kitchen Daily

Copyright ©2014 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

Mini Cheesy Popeye Puffs


  1. Mary Frances says

    I think my dream finger food meal would include a dozen of all of your puff recipes. You do such an incredible job with them! You always make my mouth water {like crazy! :P}

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