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Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated Mozzarella Balls is a quick and easy appetizer with layers of delicious Italian flavors. It’s the perfect bite sized appetizer for the holidays and to add to any charcuterie board. 

Charcuterie Boards are where it is at when it comes to entertaining and a few of my favorite additions are Bacon Beer Cheese Dip and my mother in laws Pimento Cheese Spread

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Overhead of jar of marinated mozzarella balls.

Olive oil marinated mozzarella balls with garlic, fresh herbs and spices is a great make ahead appetizer. It comes together in about 10 minutes with just a few ingredients. 

Ingredients for olive oil marinated mozzarella balls.

Ingredients Needed

  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Mozzarella Balls 

Closeup of cheeseboard with fruit and nuts.

Step By Step Directions

Collage of olive oil, garlic, herbs for marinating cheese.

  1. Add olive oil, minced garlic, minced rosemary, chopped parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to a small bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine. Mozzarella pearls in a jar with olive oil marinade.
  3. Add the mozzarella balls, separating them if they are stuck together.Marinated mozzarella balls with garlic and spices.
  4. Stir to combine, add additional olive oil if needed to cover the mozzarella. 
  5. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or up to 5 days. 
  6. Remove from refrigerator about an hour before serving to come to room temperature.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with crusty bread, crackers, smoked meats, or vegetable trays. 

Cheese tray with marinated mozzarella, pickles, olives, fruit.

Make a Charcuterie Board

We made these Marinated Mozzarella Balls as part a cheese board for a baby shower. The ingredients are totally flexible, use your favorites. We were serving this with smoked brisket, so we didn’t include any meats on this board. Smoked sausages, sopresetta, and salami are great additions. 

  • Fruit: Red Grapes, Gala Apples
  • Nuts: Cashews, Candied Walnuts, Pecans
  • Cheese: Marinated Mozzarella Balls, Smoked Gouda, Sharp Cheddar, Buffalo Wing Cheddar Cheese
  • Pickles: Baby Dills and Mini Bread and Butter Pickles
  • Olives: Kalamata Olives, Italian Marinated Olives or Black Olives
  • Garnishes: Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

More Charcuterie Board Inspiration

Meat Lovers Charcuterie Board is filled with amazing smoked meats and cheese made on your backyard grill. 

Fall Cheese Board from Reluctant Entertainer is a delicious spread with meats, cheeses and pumpkin hummus. 

Charcuterie and Cheese Board from the BakerMama is an epic spread perfect for holiday entertaining.

Marinated Mozzarella Balls with appetizer fork.

Add these Marinated Mozzarella Balls to your holiday entertaining menus for a quick and easy snack that everyone will love. The best make ahead bite size appetizer for any occasion.

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Marinated Mozzarella Balls in a jar.
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4.67 from 3 votes

Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated Mozzarella Balls is a quick and easy appetizer with layers of delicious Italian flavors. It's the perfect bite sized appetizer for the holidays and to add to any charcuterie board. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Additional Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian marinated mozzarella, marinated mozzarella, olive oil marinated mozzarella
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed chili flakes
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls


  • In a bowl, add olive oil, minced garlic, rosemary, parsley salt, pepper and chili flakes.
  • Whisk together.
  • Break mozzarella balls apart and place into the olive oil. Mix well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes to come to room temperature.


Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 257mg
4.67 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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