Mini Cheesy Spinach 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 Spinach Puffs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: about 26 mini puffs

Mini Cheesy Spinach 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

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  1. says

    I love these. I do love spinach and also the Popeye cartoons!
    These would be a great appetizer.
    Have a beautiful weekend dear Reeni.
    Blessings, Catherine xo

  2. says

    I never wanted to look like Popeye so it took me awhile to try spinach. I don’t pour it in my mouth from a can like he did either! These look delicious and how can you go wrong combining spinach with cream cheese?

    Moon, hope you’re enjoying some sunpuddles up your way! Our’s are behind clouds. Purrs, Angel & Isabella

  3. says

    I was over 40 before I would even try spinach. I couldn’t believe I actually liked it….lol These sound good but I think I would have to cut the recipe in half. I don’t know if I could eat 26 muffins in one sitting :)

  4. says

    These puffs look stunning! And this is a great way to make spinach haters to love it. Let me confess something; I’d happily eat spinach as a kid thanks to popeye.

  5. says

    My parents told me the same thing! But I’m with you…turning out like popeye is NOT what I want lol. So long as you can promise THAT won’t happen, I can promise to eat a whole batch of these little puffs!

  6. says

    looks cute :) . I grew up watching popeye, although as you say not exactly a very good looking character :) recently showed a clip to my boys to show them what would happen if they eat spinach (LOL).

  7. says

    These sound delicious for my grown up tastebuds and I think I might even be able to sell it to the kids with the bright green colour! They love bright foods, as long as they don’t look like a vegetable! Thanks for sharing :)

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