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Marinated Mozzarella Pearls

Marinated Mozzarella Pearls
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The following recipe was created in collaboration with Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry

These marinated mozzarella pearls are true gems when preparing flavorful appetizers and snacks!

Did you know that September is the season for mozzarella? I had no idea, but now that I do, I could not pass up the opportunity to create something delicious with my favorite creamy cheese!

Marinated Mozzarella Pearls

I love mozzarella and I also love charcuterie, so this recipe combines the best of both worlds! BelGioioso has been crafting deliciously decadent mozzarella pearls for decades – they’ve been a staple on my charcuterie boards for years. To up the ante for fall entertaining, I marinated them in a bath of olive oil and flavorful add-ins including tomatoes, basil, stuffed olives, crushed red pepper flakes and more!

The result was a jar full of heavenly cheesy bites that are delicious on crostini crackers or a seasonal charcuterie board!

Marinated Mozzarella Pearls

Marinated Mozzarella Pearls


  • 5 gm. BelGioioso mozzarella pearls
  • 1 ½ cups Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil
  • ¾ Heinen’s garlic-stuffed olives, thinly sliced
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Heinen’s organic crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. Heinen’s organic dried oregano
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


  1. Add half a cup of olive oil to the bottom of a lidded jar.
  2. Add half of the mozzarella pearls to the olive oil.
  3. In separate layers, add half of the sliced tomatoes, half of the sliced olives and half of the sliced shallot. Sprinkle half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, oregano and fresh basil over top, along with half a tablespoon of minced garlic.
  4. For the basil, it’s easiest to roll three leaves and cut into thin slices with kitchen shears.
  5. Press the layers down with the back of a spoon and add another half cup of olive oil over top.
  6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 and top with the remaining olive oil.
  7. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the center of the layers, pushing it down into the center of the jar.
  8. Close the airtight lid and place the jar in the fridge for at least 6 hours for the flavors to saturate the mozzarella pearls.
  9. Use on top of Heinen’s rosemary and olive oil crostini chips for a light snack or sharable appetizer.
  10. These will keep for up to 1 ½ weeks in the fridge.

Marinated Mozzarella Pearls

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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