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Cherry Bocconcini Balls with Chilli

Cherry Bocconcini Balls with Chilli - smooth, milky mouthfuls of cherry bocconcini that have been marinated in chilli, lemon and fresh herbs.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Australian
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 as an appetizer
Calories 158kcal


  • 450 g cherry bocconcini 16oz - drained
  • cup fresh basil leaves (loosely packed) finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves (loosely packed) finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli finely chopped (see my notes)
  • zest of 1 lemon finely grated
  • 3 tablespoon garlic flavoured olive oil
  • fine salt to taste


  • Drain the bcconcini balls (450g/16oz), then place them in a single layer on a plate lined with a few sheets of paper towel.
  • Place a few more sheets of paper towel on top, then roll them around a little to dry them out well (see my notes).
  • Place bocconcini balls in a bowl, along with finely chopped basil (⅓ cup loosely packed), oregano (¼ cup loosely packed), chilli (1 long red chilli), and lemon zest (1 lemon). Then add the garlic flavoured olive oil (3 tbsp) and mix well to combine.
  • Add fine salt to taste.


  • Dry your bocconcini balls well. They tend to absorb some of the liquid they are packed in (usually water or whey) so I like to give them a little squash to try and dry them out well. If you don't dry them well, the excess liquid will dilute your flavours.
  • For the finely chopped fresh chilli - if you remove the seeds and ribs before you chop it (like in my photo above) the chilli flavour will be quite mild. 
  • I have used garlic flavoured olive oil in this recipe, which is easily available from the grocery or supermarket. 
  • These little balls can be eaten straight away, but the flavour will develop even more if you leave them to marinate for up to 3 hours.
  • I like to serve these with toothpicks for the guests to use.
*Please note that the amount of calories per serve is provided as a guide only, as ingredients and cooking methods can vary greatly*


Calories: 158kcal