Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated Mozzarella Balls

1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red chile flakes (optional or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 pounds cherry-sized mozzarella balls
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

In a medium bowl, mix the first five ingredients with a whisk. Add mozzarella balls and toss gently with your hands. Pour into a serving bowl, garnish with parsley, and serve with toothpicks.

NOTE: When buying fresh mozzarella be sure that the cheese is spongy and not dense.

Substitute fresh sliced tomatoes for some of the mozzarella for a fabulous salad! Add some crusty Italian bread and some queen-sized green olives for a greatMediterranean lunch!