Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

Instead of using fresh mozzarella for this appetizer, try another fresh soft cheese, such as queso fresco or feta.

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Servings: 14 to 16
Prep Time: 15 mins
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    1/4  cup 
    fresh basil leaves
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    1/4  cup 
    extra virgin olive oil
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    1 - 2   teaspoons 
    balsamic vinegar
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    1   tablespoon 
    coarsely ground black pepper
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    16   ounces 
    fresh mozzarella cheese
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    Tomato slices (optional)
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    Baguette slices or crackers

Set aside several whole basil leaves for garnish. Using a sharp knife, chop remaining basil leaves. Combine chopped basil, oil, vinegar, and pepper in a medium bowl. Cut mozzarella into 1-inch cubes; toss cheese cubes gently with herb and oil mixture until cheese is well-coated. Cover and chill for 1 hour or up to 5 days.
Transfer cheese mixture to a serving dish; garnish with basil leaves and, if desired, tomato slices. Serve with baguette slices or crackers. Makes 14 to 16 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 100, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 18, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 1, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, pro. (g) 8, vit. A (IU) 243, Folate (g) 4, sodium (mg) 120, calcium (mg) 172, iron (mg) 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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