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Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated Mozzarella Balls are so simple to prepare and make an absolutely delicious, flavour-filled appetiser. Garlic, oregano, lemon and a little chilli combine with Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make a delicious marinade, which perfectly complements the creamy bocconcini. Served with slices of crusty bread, this easy appetiser will become a favourite!
Course Antipasto, Appetiser
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 451kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 200 g (7 oz) cherry bocconcini See Note 1
  • cup (150 ml) extra virgin olive oil See Note 2
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled and cut into thin slices
  • ½ long red cayenne chilli/pepper - finely sliced (seeds removed) – or more to taste See Note 3
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes


  • Drain the mini bocconcini and place them into a jar or small bowl. 
  • Peel and thinly slice the garlic.
  • Cut the chilli in half lengthways, remove the seeds and membrane. Finely slice the chilli and add to the mozzarella. Adjust the amount of chilli used according to your taste.
  • Zest the lemon.
  • Add all of the ingredients together and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the flavours to develop.
  • Use the mozzarella and oil within 2 days. See the note in the blog post regarding safety precautions.


  1. Cherry bocconcini are also known as Ciliegine mozzarella. These bite-sized balls of mozzarella work perfectly for this appetiser.
  2. As we serve the marinated mozzarella balls with crusty bread to mop up the flavoursome oil, we use extra virgin olive oil. Use the best quality olive oil that you have.
  3. Cayenne chillies are long, slender chillies/peppers. They are often mild in flavour, but the heat can vary. Add the amount of chilli according to your preference.
  4. Please note, the nutritional information is based on this appetiser serving 4, and the olive oil being enjoyed also. It does not include what the mozzarella is served with. The nutritional information is an estimate only. 


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 1mg