- 1 pound (about 450g) fresh mozzarella balls, mini-sized
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish
Prepare the Mozzarella Balls:
Drain the fresh mozzarella balls if they are stored in water. Pat them dry with paper towels and place them in a medium-sized bowl.
Make the Marinade:
In a small bowl, combine the extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
Marinate the Mozzarella:
Pour the marinade over the mozzarella balls, ensuring they are well coated. Gently toss the mozzarella to evenly distribute the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
Season with Salt and Pepper:
After marinating, taste the mozzarella for seasoning. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Remember that the mozzarella itself may already contain some salt, so adjust accordingly.
Arrange the marinated mozzarella balls on a serving platter. Drizzle any remaining marinade over the top. Garnish with fresh basil leaves for a burst of color and additional flavor.
Cherry tomatoes: Add a burst of freshness by including cherry tomatoes in the marinade.
Balsamic glaze: Drizzle a bit of balsamic glaze over the mozzarella balls just before serving for a tangy kick.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Allow the mozzarella to come to room temperature before serving for the best flavor.
Serve and Enjoy:
Serve the marinated mozzarella balls as a flavorful appetizer, side dish, or part of a cheese board. Enjoy them with crusty bread or crackers.
This Marinated Mozzarella Balls recipe is perfect for gatherings, picnics, or as a delicious snack any time of the day. The combination of herbs, garlic, and lemon zest infuses the mozzarella with a burst of flavor that is sure to be a hit with your guests.