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Marinated Mozzarella Appetizer Recipe

Famous Italian appetizers include insalata tricolore, which is made from layers of fresh basil, tomato, and mozzarella. Another favorite has to be marinated cheese. The following appetizer recipe is for marinated mozzarella and this makes a delicious yet very easy appetizer. You can try using a different cheese if you like but mozzarella does work very well.

The marinade is a simple combination of paprika, rosemary, garlic, and red pepper and this brings out the creamy flavor of the cheese and adds a bit of sharpness, which makes the mouth water. These Italian appetizers go nicely before any main course except, perhaps, cheese fondue! Marinate the cheese for at least an hour or overnight for a stronger flavor.

Marinated foods are always very tasty at buffets and as easy party appetizers and most people have tried marinated fish or meat. Not everyone has tried Italian appetizers like this marinated cheese dish though and the flavor is very special. The rosemary gives the appetizers an herby flavor and the paprika adds sharpness and zing, as does the red pepper. The garlic is amazing with the cheese as well and this is sure to be one of the most popular easy party appetizers on the buffet table.

The Best Italian Appetizers Recipe
Summary: Did you know cheese can be marinated? This recipe shows you how to marinate mozzarella with garlic, herbs and spices, for a truly delicious result.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Make Ahead Appetizers
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
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  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ lb cubed mozzarella
  • Dash of flaked red pepper
  1. Combine the paprika, pepper, rosemary, garlic, and olive oil and add the cheese.
  2. Mix gently to coat, leave to marinate for an hour or more and serve with toothpicks.

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You can think of marinated cheese recipes as make ahead appetizers because the cheese is extra flavorful if you give it a longer marinating time. Overnight is a good idea too because it just strengthens the flavor. If you like Italian appetizer recipes you will enjoy this tasty cheese dish. It is a good vegetarian appetizer and also nice to have at a buffet alongside other salads. This is one of the best recipes for Italian style appetizers and you can decorate this gourmet dish with sprigs of fresh basil to add color.

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