This post has been sponsored by Bertolli Olive Oil. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
These Olive Oil Marinated Mozzarella Balls are a quick and easy appetizer that takes less than 15 minutes to make. It’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any other party!
Do you love appetizers as much as I do? I could seriously eat them for almost every meal. That’s why I was so excited when Bertolli reached out to me to ask if I could create an easy appetizer that could be made in under 20 minutes.
I knew Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil would be PERFECT for these Marinated Mozzarella balls. Also, isn’t their NEW bottle so pretty? It has a new look but the same great taste and robust flavor I’ve come to expect from Bertolli. Being the world’s #1 olive oil brand and having 150 years of expertise, you know they know what they are doing. AND I have a coupon for you! Save now with $1 off any Bertolli item, and pick up the new bottle at your closest Kroger store!
What I love about these marinated mozzarella balls is that they seem so fancy and are sure to impress your guests, but they are unbelievably simple. Using Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil here is key because the flavors of the garlic and herbs are fat soluble, which means they really need to be bloomed in oil to bring out their full flavor. A quality extra virgin olive oil is “cold pressed” for a naturally full-bodied fruity flavor that not only brings out the best in the garlic and spices but compliments them.
OK, that may sound science-y and complicated, but don’t worry, the recipe is simple! All you need to know is mix Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil with garlic and herbs, add CHEESE, and you are in for a delicious appetizer bite. I like to serve these with a nice crusty bread because you will want to put this flavored oil on everything! My husband could not stop dipping bread into it.
I picked up everything I needed for this easy appetizer on my last trip to Fred Meyer. I grabbed the fresh mozzarella balls in the deli cheese case. I went with Ciliegine mozzarella balls that are about the size of cherries. They make a perfect bite-sized appetizer. The Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil was easy to find in the oil aisle, and the fresh herbs were in the produce section. I hate having to make multiple stops when I go grocery shopping, so I love that I can find all of this at my Fred Meyer when I’m doing my weekly grocery shopping!
Olive Oil Marinated Mozzarella Balls
- 3/4 cup Bertolli extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
- 16 ounces bocconcini or ciliegine mozzarella drained
- Mix together the olive oil, garlic, herbs, red pepper flakes and salt.
- Add the mozzarella balls, stir to fully coat.
- Allow to marinate for an hour or longer. The longer they marinate, the better the flavors will be. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.