Fresh Mozzarella with Basil

Follow the basic five-ingredient recipe or vary the cheese and herbs to create more flavors. For pretty color to serve on a Christmas buffet, serve this appetizer with baguette slices and tomatoes.

Recipe from Diabetic Living
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  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic oil or olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried whole mixed peppercorns, cracked
Cut mozzarella into 1-inch cubes and place in a medium bowl. For marinade, combine oil, vinegar, basil, and cracked peppercorns. Pour over cheese and toss gently until cheese is well-coated.
Cover with foil or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes 14 to 16 servings.


  • To Present This Gift...

    Dot the outside of the two paper cups with glitter glue and let dry. Make two small slits (the same width as the ribbon) opposite from each other below the rim of one cup. Make just one slit below the rim of the second cup. Place the center of the ribbon under the first cup. Bring the ribbon ends up the sides of the cup and thread them through the corresponding slits. Invert a second cup over the first and thread one ribbon up through the slit in the second cup. This will make a hinge to join one side of the container. Fill the first cup with cheese bites. Bring both ribbon ends together at the top of the cup and tie them into a bow.


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    For an even quicker last-minute container, use holiday stickers instead of gold glitter glue to decorate the paper cups.

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