Marinated Mozzarella Balls are a delicious and easy appetizer recipe! With fresh mozzarella pearls marinated in extra virgin olive oil and herbs, this is perfect for entertaining.
Who doesn't love cheese? This super easy recipe comes together in minutes and is so great for entertaining.
With fresh mozzarella pearls, olive oil, and herbs, this recipe is incredibly flavorful and so delicious.
This would be delicious topped with fresh herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Yum!
We love serving this with fresh Italian bread from our local Italian bakery. Or, make some crostini and serve a spoonful on each slice of crusty bread. This is also a great addition to any cheese board!
Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Mini Mozzarella Pearls - I find these mini fresh mozzarella balls in the cheese section at my local grocery store. These are also called ciliegine mozzarella. If you can't find mini mozzarella balls, you can always used sliced mozzarella cut in small pieces.
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil - make sure it's good quality!
- Fresh Garlic - minced
- Fresh Parsley - finely chopped
- Basil - dried or fresh basil
- Oregano - dried or fresh oregano
- Thyme - dried or fresh thyme
- Red Pepper Flakes - for a tiny kick, add more if you like it spicy!
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
Let's make this recipe together!
Step 1 - Combine Ingredients
Combine all ingredients into a large mason jar or large glass container.
Step 2 - Marinate
Marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour up to one day.
Step 3 - Serve
Serve in a large bowl with fresh Italian bread or crostini. Or, top individual crostini with a spoonful of mozzarella pearls for a bite sized perfect appetizer.
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Mason Jars - I find it easiest to make this with large mason jars. It makes clean up and leftover storage super easy!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - This brand is one of my favorite extra virgin olive oils. It has an amazing flavor that will elevate any recipe.
Dried Herbs - If you're running low on dried herbs, check out this set that has all of the herbs that you'll need!
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy recipe.
Make it Spicy - Make these marinated mozzarella balls spicy by adding extra red pepper flakes to achieve your desired spice level.
Add Lemon - Add freshly squeezed lemon juice for a tangy citrus bite to the dish.
Herb Variations - You can use different herbs in this recipe - dill, rosemary, and sage would all be delicious!
Frequently Asked Questions
Eat mozzarella balls with fresh bread or crostini. Or, top on your favorite pasta dish for an added cheesy flavor. You can also serve with red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and basil pesto on a charcuterie board for a vegetarian appetizer.
Yes, you can freeze mozzarella balls in an air tight container for up to three months.
Marinate mozzarella balls by combining mozzarella with extra virgin olive oil, dried herbs, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Marinate for at least one hour and serve.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days. For best results, consume within 1-2 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator.
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Marinated Mozzarella Balls
- 16 oz mini mozzarella balls drained
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian Parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Combine ingredients in a large mason jar or air tight container.
- Marinate mozzarella for at least one hour. Serve with fresh bread or crostini.