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Marinated Mozzarella Balls
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Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinating time up to 3 hours3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed
  • 8 oz small mozzarella balls, drained
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red chile, finely minced, to taste
  • Zest from 1 lemon, finely grated
  • Sea salt, to taste


  • Make the garlic oil by placing the olive oil in a small sauce pan with the smashed garlic clove and slowly heat the olive oil on low, making sure to watch it carefully after 15 minutes, so the garlic cloves don’t burn. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. 
  • Drain the mozzarella balls and place them on paper towels to remove excess water. 
  • Once the oil has cooled completely, remove the smashed garlic clove and discard.
  • Add the parsley, basil, minced chile, lemon zest, and sea salt, to taste, to the oil; whisk until well combined.
  • Add the mozzarella balls and toss to coat evenly. You can serve right away but they taste better if you place in the refrigerator to marinate for up to 3 hours.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 10-15 minutes prior to serving. Toss and serve. Enjoy.