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Marinated Mozzarella Balls

This simple recipe for marinated mozzarella balls is full of fresh flavors. The perfect appetizer to serve at your next gathering because everyone will love it!
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Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 0 mins
Chilling time : 2 hours
Total Time : 2 hrs 15 mins
Cuisine: : Australian, Italian
Course : Appetiser
Servings : 6 servings (about 4 balls per serve)
Calories : 189 : kcal
Estimated Cost (AUD) : $7.30 or $1.21 per serve

EQUIPMENT

  • Medium size mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing spoon

INGREDIENTS

  • 220 grams (7 ounces) cherry bocconcini
  • 1-2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tablespoon (7 grams) basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (7 grams) parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ - 1 small red chili seeds removed and finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • cup (160 ml) extra virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Drain, rinse and use a paper towel or clean tea towel to dry the bocconcini and place it into a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Peel and crush the garlic, add it to the bowl with the bocconcini.
  • Finely chop the basil and parsley and add it to the bowl along with the dried oregano.
  • Finely slice the chili and add to the bowl. If you don't want the heat from the chili, cut it in half lengthwise, then scrape away the seeds and membrane before finely slicing.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well to make sure they are all coated in the oil.
  • Cover and store in the fridge for at least two hours. Serve at room temperature. Best to consume within 48 hours.
    Note: When chilled, the olive oil will solidify but becomes liquid again when allowed to come to room temperature.

Notes

RECIPE VARIATIONS
Use dried herbs if you don't have fresh basil or parsley. Use one teaspoon dried basil and one teaspoon of dried parsley.
Don't have fresh chili, use 1 -2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes.
 
HOW TO STORE
Marinated mozzarella balls should be stored in the fridge up until about one hour before you intend to serve them.
 
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
  • You can prepare and leave them out at room temperature for about 30 - 60 minutes. If you don't plan on serving them after this time, put them in the fridge.
  • These marinated mozzarella balls can also be made up to 48 hours in advance and stored in the fridge until needed.
  • Chilled mozzarella balls need to be removed from the fridge about 1 hour before serving so that they can come to room temperature.
 
HOW TO SERVE
Serve this fresh mozzarella appetizer with crusty bread or mini toasts, or you can;
  • Pour these into a large dish and serve with sourdough bread to mop up the flavored oil.
  • Put them on toothpicks and pass them around on platters.
  • Use them to make a caprese salad.
  • Thread them onto skewers with olives or cherry tomatoes to make bocconcini skewers.
  • Toss them into salads or pasta.
  • Use them as a topping to make bruschetta with mozzarella.
  • Put them on a charcuterie platter.
  • Put them on a pizza.
  • Use them in toasted sandwiches.
  • Don't discard the oil. Use it as a salad dressing, make a pasta sauce, for bread dipping oil.
Nutrition Facts
Marinated Mozzarella Balls
Serving Size
 
1 serving is about 4 balls
Amount per Serving
Calories
189
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
13
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
125
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
46
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
Vitamin A
 
184
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
18
mg
22
%
Calcium
 
138
mg
14
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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