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This easy 10 minute marinated mozzarella balls recipe combines fresh mozzarella, herbs, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes with extra-virgin olive oil for a flavorful pairing that’s as elegant as it is delicious.

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It’s snacking season!

Between football games, Halloween festivities, Thanksgiving and all the holidays, when fall rolls around, it seems like snacks are in order.

When you have time to put together an elaborate spread, why not, right?!

But sometimes it’s just a small intimate gathering and you only need a couple delicious things to munch on.

marinated mozzarella balls recipe with sliced baguette

I love having simple, yet impressive recipes up my sleeve for just such an occasion. This appetizer comes together quickly and easily, and is always a hit!

And even though this recipe requires minimal effort, it’s impressive and feels special. Pair it with crusty bread and a bottle of your favorite wine for an elevated experience.

Heads up, if you’re looking for a delicious low carb or keto appetizer recipe, this one is it! To keep the carbs down, you can serve it with keto bread, olives, and sliced vegetables (such as broccoli, bell pepper, etc.).

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The Best 10 Minute Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe

This recipe features the big, bold flavors of savory garlic, woodsy rosemary, spicy crushed red pepper flakes, and the peppery piquancy of extra-virgin olive oil.

garlic with herbs and spices on wooden board

Ingredients

  • Garlic – for the best flavor, use fresh garlic (not the jarred stuff)
  • Fresh rosemary, oregano, and Italian parsley – use fresh (not dried) herbs for the post pungent flavor to infuse our mozzarella
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – the amount in this recipe doesn’t make it spicy hot; instead, it adds depth of flavor and balance
  • Coarse kosher salt – to enhance the other flavors
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – use the good stuff here, you’ll really be able to taste it
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese balls – the star of the show; they’ll take on the flavor of everything else

How to Make Marinated Mozzarella Cheese Balls

Step 1: Make the Marinate:

Stir the garlic, rosemary, oregano, parsley, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and oil together in a medium bowl.

garlic spices and herbs in bottom of glass jar

Step 2: Coat the Cheese Balls:

Add the cheese balls and give them a gentle toss to coat.

Step 3: Give it Time:

Pour everything into a pint-sized (2 cup capacity) glass jar. Gently press the cheese balls down to submerge them in oil.

Cover the jar and transfer to the fridge. Let the cheese marinate for at least 1 hour.

glass jar with mozzarella balls and aromatics

Marinated Mozzarella Balls FAQs

How Do You Flavor Mozzarella?

On its own, fresh mozzarella has a mild, milky flavor, which means that it’s a great cheese to take on other flavors! I like to use robust, bold ingredients to flavor mozzarella cheese.

In this recipe, garlic and fresh herbs add complexity and savory flavor. Crushed red pepper flakes add spicy heat, and extra-virgin olive oil adds peppery pungency.

How Long Do Marinated Mozzarella Balls Last?

This will last for up to 1 week stored in a glass jar covered in the fridge.

After chilling in the fridge, the olive oil will likely harden. Simply let the jar sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving to let the oil soften.

overhead view of olive oil marinated mozzarella balls in glass jar on wooden table

What Are Bocconcini?

Bocconcini is the Italian word meaning “small bites” or “morsels”. It refers to small fresh mozzarella cheese balls.

What Flavors Go Well with Mozzarella?

A few flavors that pair well with mozzarella include:

  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Grilled eggplant
  • Crusty bread
  • Great wine

What Wine Pairs Well with Mozzarella?

On its own, mozzarella cheese is milky and mild-flavored. However, once it’s marinated with bold ingredients it takes on those flavors.

Because of this, I recommend pairing this recipe with a deep red wine that has notes of berries and hints of sweet spices, such as pinot noir.

wine with bread and marinated mozzarella balls

More Easy Cheese Appetizers to Try

olive oil marinated mozzarella with garlic and herbs

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Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Other Time1 hour
Yields: 4 servings
This easy 10 minute marinated mozzarella balls recipe combines fresh mozzarella, herbs, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes with extra-virgin olive oil for a flavorful pairing that’s as elegant as it is delicious.

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Ingredients
 

  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or fresh marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh Italian parsley aka flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese balls drained of water and patted dry with a paper towel

Instructions
 

  • Stir the garlic, rosemary, oregano, parsley, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and oil together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the cheese balls and give them a gentle toss to coat.
  • Pour everything into a pint-sized (2 cup capacity) glass jar. Gently press the cheese balls down to submerge them in oil.
  • Cover the jar and transfer to the fridge. Let the cheese marinate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Notes

  • Net Carbs: 1g per serving
  • Storage: This will keep for up to 1 week stored covered in a glass jar in the fridge. After chilling in the fridge, the olive oil will likely harden. Simply let the jar sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving to let the oil soften.
  • Customize It: Feel free to play with the fresh herbs to suit your tastes.
  • Serve with Balsamic: These are delicious served with a splash of balsamic vinegar or drizzled with balsamic reduction.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Marinated Mozzarella, Marinated Mozzarella Balls, Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on October 9, 2020. I updated it with more information on December 30, 2022.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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