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Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated Mozzarella Balls are a delicious Italian appetizer of seasoned cheese marinated in olive oil. Enjoy alone or incorporated into a meal!

You can’t deny the delicious flavors of garlic, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes. This is not your average cheese! 

This quick and easy appetizer looks fancy but does not require much prep. They have so much flavor and I love to just pop them in my mouth. This is the perfect appetizer for cocktail parties and holidays.

Olive Oil Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Olive Oil Mozzarella Balls Ingredients

To make this olive oil marinated mozzarella ball recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe card below for exact amounts):

  • Mozzarella Pearls: fresh mozzarella balls can be found in the deli section of your grocery store or at your local Italian market
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Basil: I like to use dried herbs. If you use fresh herbs, make sure to increase the amount you use and make sure they are finely chopped.
  • Oregano
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt: You can use regular salt or Kosher salt

Marinated Mozzarella Ball Ingredients

How to Marinate Mozzarella

This recipe is super easy and you only need a bowl, measuring cups and spoons, and a storage container. 

  1. Make the marinade. In a small bowl combine the oil, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  2. Add the mozzarella pearls and turn to fully coat.
  3. Marinate the mozzarella. Transfer to an airtight container and marinate the mozzarella in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Serve and enjoy! Allow a few minutes for the mozzarella to come to room temperature before serving.

Mozzarella Balls Marinated in Olive Oil

Storage Instructions

The olive oil marinated mozzarella needs to be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. I like to use mason jars. They will keep for up to 2 weeks. Use the leftover oil for cooking or as salad dressing!

Mozzarella Balls Recipe

Can I Eat These Warm or Cold?

I recommend allowing them to come to room temperature before serving. I feel like more of the flavors come through when cheese is room temp or warm. The cold seems to dull the aromas. 

Where Do I Find Mozzarella Pearls?

Mozzarella Pearls can be found at most grocery stores. They are normally in the deli, by the special cheeses. You can also try your local Italian market for the best and freshest cheese. 

Olive Oil Mozzarella Balls Recipe

What is the Best Olive Oil to Use?

For this recipe, extra virgin olive oil is best. But not all EVOO is the same. Use your favorite. I look for oils that are organic. You could also use a flavored oil, such as a Tuscan herb infused oil, or rosemary oil. I have a local store that is dedicated to all types of oils and vinegars. Get creative!

How to Serve

Serve olive oil marinated mozzarella pearls on their own for a quick and easy appetizer, with crusty bread, or with an antipasto platter. Here are some of my favorite ways to eat seasoned mozzarella balls.

  • As a salad topping – these marinated cheese balls would go perfectly with a zesty Italian salad.
  • Add to a pasta dish – pair with a tomato sauce like a spaghetti or gnocchi dish and top with fresh parsley.
  • As an appetizer – add tomato, basil and balsamic vinegar, and you have caprese skewers.
  • As part of a charcuterie board – place in a bowl and serve with toothpicks.

This also makes a great Christmas gift for family, friends and teachers! Just double or triple the recipe, divide into mason jars and wrap with a ribbon and gift tag. Make sure to keep them refrigerated until you are ready to deliver. 

Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Marinade Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Marinated Mozzarella Balls are a delicious Italian appetizer of seasoned cheese marinated in olive oil. Enjoy alone or incorporated into a meal!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  2. Add the mozzarella pearls and turn to coat.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Allow a few minutes for the mozzarella to come to room temperature before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 326mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 9g

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