This easy to make and delicious appetizer would be perfect for any tailgate football watching party as well as any holiday celebration.
It’s a great option if you’ve been invited to a last minute party and asked to bring a dish. This is super easy to throw together and doesn’t have too many ingredients in it.
It would also be great if you took some cherry tomatoes on the side, or even threw them into the jar with the mozzarella. Kind of a deconstructed Caprese appetizer. Oh, and maybe even put a drizzle of balsamic vinegar over the top right before serving!
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Happy Tailgating Snacks Month
Just a reminder that October is tailgating snacks month here on Life Currents.
This is our 6th annual event this year (2019), and I can say that I still love the fun that it brings.
I love coming up with these new and fun appetizers for you every year.
Football is my favorite sport to watch. In fact, it’s just about the only reason I turn the TV on. And, of course, if you watch football you have to have some tasty snacks to go along with it.
I also hope that you use these recipes through the whole year. This Marinated Mozzarella, for example, would be perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer. And it would be a great way to ring in the new year!
What herbs should I use for this Marinated Mozzarella?
Use your favorite. Or, use what grows in your garden.
In the jar of Marinated Mozzarella in the pictures I used chives, green onions, rosemary, basil, and thyme.
If you don’t like thyme, feel free to leave it out. Add in some oregano. Use tarragon.
As long as you have about ¼ cup fresh herbs to 1 pound mozzarella, you’re good to go.
What if I can’t find small mozzarella?
I love the fresh mozzarella that they call Ciliegine for this Marinated Mozzarella. It’s little Cherry Size pieces that are about 1/3 an ounce each. These are just the right size to pop in your mouth one at a time.
There are other sizes out there as well that will require no chopping.
If you can’t find any of those smaller sized fresh mozzarellas, simply take a large piece and chop it into smaller bite sized pieces.
Oh, and if you ever see Buffalo Mozzarella, it’s delicious! And I totally recommend trying it!
What kind of oil should I use?
Again, I’m always a big fan of using ingredients that you already like and are familiar with.
That being said, although olive oil has a great flavor for this marinated mozzarella, I have found that olive oil tends to solidify and harden when stored in the fridge.
So, if you’re going to make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge, just know that the olive oil will change. It tends to liquefy after coming back to room temperature, but it may get cloudy afterwards.
I use grapessed oil in a lot of my cooking, and have found that it will stay liquid even in the fridge. So, I recommend using grapeseed oil if you want to make this in advance.
Can I make this in advance?
Yes! It’s great when made in advance! And even easier to take to the party with you!
Simply mix all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid.
Pop the covered jar in the fridge and store it until you’re ready to serve. Then take it out and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
Can I double this recipe?
This recipe is easily doubled!
The tubs of fresh mozzarella tend to come in 8-ounce sizes, so I made this recipe to fit those. Simply double all ingredients and use a larger jar.
You can also use the servings slider on the recipe card to easily adjust the ingredient amounts.
Other great super easy appetizers to take to the party
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Marinated Mozzarella Recipe
- 8 ounces small size fresh mozzarella
- ¼ cup oil
- ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Pinch of Crushed red pepper flakes
- Combine all ingredients in a jar, mix well, and let stand 30 minutes.
- Serve with crackers, chips, or fresh veggies. Have toothpicks available for serving.