Easy Herb-Marinated Mozzarella Balls {Keto, Gluten-Free}

A photo of herb marinated mozzarella bites on a plate with a jar of olive oil and herbs.

 

Easy herb-marinated mozzarella balls make a delicious snack or appetizer for entertaining. These bites are simple to make and the result is so flavorful! Quality olive oil and fresh herbs make these mozzarella bites a hit at every party! Plus, they’re naturally keto and gluten-free!

Easy Herb-Marinated Mozzarella Balls Recipe

Premium quality olive oil is the star of this easy marinated mozzarella recipe. The wonderfully fruity flavor of Wildly Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil mingles with fresh garlic and herbs, giving fresh mozzarella a definite wow factor.

With a good olive oil, you don’t need to add much to it, really. That’s why this easy appetizer or snack recipe is so good! The hardest part about making marinated mozzarella? Waiting until tomorrow to eat it! It needs a little chill time in the fridge so all those flavors can do their thing.

You’ll just need a few simple ingredients:

  • High-quality olive oil like Wildly Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh mozzarella – pearls, slices, etc.
  • Your favorite fresh herbs (dried work too)
  • Fresh garlic
  • Shallot or onion, sliced very thinly

Fresh mozzarella comes in several forms. I’ve chosen pearls because they’re super easy to use and make great bite-sized snacks. But, feel free to use fresh mozzarella in any form you like. For example, take a whole ball of fresh mozzarella and slice it. Whatever type of fresh mozzarella you choose, draining the liquid and patting the cheese dry with a towel is the first step.

Next, prepare your fresh herbs. If you need to wash them it’s best to let them dry several hours first. Or, at the very least, pat them dry very well with a towel. Snip or chop the herbs finely. Press or mince the fresh garlic. While you can use granulated garlic if you have to, I highly recommend using fresh. It’s flavor is so much better! Plus, fresh garlic is a wonderful health booster, especially during cold and flu season.

If you’re using dried herbs, here’s how to substitute for fresh. Always remember the 3:1 ratio. It takes 3 times as much fresh herbs to equal 1 measure of dried. So, for 1 tablespoon of fresh herb you’ll need 1 teaspoon of dried.

Shallots are lovely fresh and a little goes a long way. Peel off the papery outer layer and slice the shallot very thinly. Or, use any type of onion — just be sure to slice it thinly. Finally, combine the herbs, garlic, sliced shallot, and mix well. Add the fresh mozzarella and gently stir to make sure the herbs and garlic get distributed evenly around the mozzarella. Then place in the refrigerator for at least 7 hours or overnight. If you’re using mozzarella pearls, a pint-sized mason jar is perfect for storage. However, any sealable, air-tight container works.

The Best Ways To Enjoy Marinated Mozzarella

My favorite way to enjoy fresh mozzarella is just right out of the jar. They make a terrific, easy snack. But it’s a very versatile little dish.

  • Sprinkle on salads, using the flavorful oil plus some fresh lemon juice for dressing
  • Appetizers for a dinner party
  • Easy offering for a potluck
  • Perfect for party buffets
  • Include on a charcuterie board
  • In sandwiches and wraps
  • Part of a cheese and bread board

No matter how you serve this easy marinated mozzarella, it’s sure to be a hit! While I’ve shared my favorite herb combination in the recipe below, feel free to use your own favorite herbs! Then be prepared for people to be wowed and demand the recipe.

How Will You Serve This Easy Herb Marinated Mozzarella?

Easy Herb Marinated Mozzarella Balls
Easy herb marinated mozzarella balls makes a delicious snack or appetizer for entertaining. These bites are simple to make and the result is so flavorful! Quality olive oil and fresh herbs make these mozzarella bites a hit at every party! Plus, they're naturally keto and gluten-free!
    Servings1 pint
    Prep Time15 minutes
    Passive Time7 hours
    Ingredients
    • 8oz fresh mozzarella pearlsor your favorite form of fresh mozzarella
    • 2cloves fresh garlicor 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
    • 1tablespoon fresh oreganofinely chopped
    • 1tablespoon fresh thymefinely chopped
    • 1tablespoon fresh basilfinely chopped
    • 1tablespoon fresh parsleyfinely chopped
    • 1tablespoon fresh shallot or onionthinly sliced
    • 1cup Wildly Organic Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oilor as needed to fully cover cheese
    • 1/4teaspoon Wildly Organic Pink Himalayan Salt
    Instructions
    1. Drain and pat dry the mozzarella pearls. If using another form of fresh mozzarella, slice if needed.
    2. Combine the herbs, garlic, oil, and salt and mix well in the container you'll use to store the marinated mozzarella.
    3. Add the cheese and gently stir until all the cheese is coated with herbs and oil.
    4. Refrigerate for at least 7 hours or overnight.
    Recipe Notes

    If using dried herbs, substitute 1 teaspoon for 1 tablespoon fresh herb.

     

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