Marinated Mozzarella Salad

Adapted from Joy of Cooking
Yield: 2 servings

4 medium mozzarella balls, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
12 black peppercorns
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 medium tomato, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  1. In a medium skillet, warm olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, peppercorns, rosemary, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Pour oil over mozzarella pieces. Let stand at room temperature for several hours.
  5. To serve, remove mozzarella from oil and toss with tomato and basil. Drizzle lightly with marinating oil.
  6. Serve immediately.