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Flavorful Marinated Mozzarella

 Flavorful Marinated Mozzarella
This make-ahead appetizer picks up wonderful flavor from the vinegar and spices. I’ve made it with fat-free mozzarella, and it still tasted just as good.—Rita Reinke, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
2 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) 1/2-inch cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons diced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons diced sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • Prick mozzarella cubes with a fork; place in a glass bowl. In a small
  • saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat
  • for 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Remove
  • from the heat; let cool to room temperature.
  • Pour over cheese. Stir gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24
  • hours. Yield: 1/4 pound.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1/8 pound) equals 516 calories, 47 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 349 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein.