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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.
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 few things to munch on and a couple bottles of wine to share.
I love having easy, yet impressive recipes up my sleeve for just such an occasion. This 10-minute Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe 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 Decoy Limited Pinot Noir for an elevated experience.
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.
Pro Tip: The longer you let the fresh mozzarella balls marinate, the more flavorful it will be.
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 Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe, garlic and fresh herbs add complexity and savory flavor. Crushed red pepper flakes add spicy heat, and extra-virgin olive oil adds pungency.
How Long Do Marinated Mozzarella Balls Last?
If you store this Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe in a glass jar covered in the fridge, it will last for up to 1 week.
What Are Bocconcini?
Bocconcini is the Italian word meaning “small bites” or “morsels”. It refers to small fresh mozzarella cheese balls.
What Goes Well with Marinated 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 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.
I like serving marinated mozzarella with Decoy Limited Pinot Noir. This wine is silky with notes of ripe berries and hints of sweet spices. Its sweetness is a lovely complement to the savory flavors in this Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe.
In 1985, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn established Decoy. Crafted using grapes from some of the most acclaimed Napa Valley vineyards, Decoy Limited is the best from the Decoy cellar. It set an elevated new benchmark for the Decoy portfolio!
You can find Decoy Limited in stores using the Decoy wine finder.
More Easy Cheese Appetizers to Try:
- Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer (aka Cheddar Pub Spread)
- Baked Feta with Tomatoes and Olives
- Czech Pickled Cheese (aka Nakládaný Hermelín)
- Saganaki (Greek Fried Cheese)
- Garlic and Chive Cottage Cheese Dip Recipe
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Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe
- 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
- 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.
- This will keep for up to 1 week stored covered in a glass jar in the fridge.
- Feel free to play with the fresh herbs to suit your tastes.
- These Marinated Mozzarella Balls are delicious served with a splash of balsamic vinegar or drizzled with balsamic reduction.
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