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marinated mozzarella balls in a bowl next to bread, cured meat, and tomatoes

Marinated Ciliegine (Mozzarella Balls)

These Marinated Ciliegine (or Mozzarella Balls) are immersed in extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and oregano, and red pepper flakes. It is simple but delish and perfect addition to your next charcuterie board or salad.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Marinate Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories 337 kcal


  • 8 ounces ciliegine, small fresh mozzarella balls
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • In a small bowl combine the olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • Add the ciliegine and stir to coat.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  • Allow marinated ciliegine to come to room temperature then taste and add additional salt or herbs as needed. Serve with bruschetta and dried salami or as part of a charcuterie board.


1. Dried basil can be substituted for fresh basil. Approximately 1/2 tablespoon of dried basil is equivalent to 1 tablespoon of fresh.
2. Dried oregano can be substituted for fresh oregano Approximately 1 teaspoon of dried oregano is equivalent to 1 tablespoon of fresh.
3. Not all olive oil is created equal so use a good quality extra virgin olive oil.  
4. Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. The nutritional value is only for the Marinated Ciliegine. It does not include the nutrition for any substitutions.


Serving: 1 servingCalories: 337 kcalCarbohydrates: 26 gProtein: 10 gFat: 28 gSaturated Fat: 7 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5 gMonounsaturated Fat: 11 gCholesterol: 20 mgSodium: 274 mgPotassium: 897 mgFiber: 12 gSugar: 5 gVitamin A: 1224 IUVitamin C: 56 mgCalcium: 17 mgIron: 20 mg
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