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Mozzarella Hostess Gifts

A fun idea for a hostess gist - Jars of mozzarella with herbs, spices, and good olive oil.


Last weekend, some lovely lady friends of mine honored me and Baby Ava (the 37-weeker I’m lugging around in my belly and who’s currently wreaking havoc on my right groin muscle) with a baby shower!  And to say I loved it would be the understatement of the year. It was such a delightful morning in every way. :)  For one thing, Arkansas finally gave us a little glimpse of Fall… I think it was actually sub-70 degrees that morning.  And for another, there was delicious brunch food aplenty and I was surrounded by sweet women and adorable tiny baby paraphernalia.  Perfection.


Brunch Baby Shower and a great idea for hostess gifts!


And seriously… the food?!? Well, let’s just say the way to this mama’s heart is definitely through her stomach.  We had quiche with spinach, quiche with goat cheese, marinated tomatoes with basil, smoky cheese grits, strawberry cake, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon raisin muffins, fresh fruit, tea punch, coffee… the works.  (Better than the works, in fact!)


Brunch Baby Shower + a great idea for hostess gifts!


I felt so very honored and loved by the friends who attended that event, the friends who put forth so much effort organizing it and making everything so special, and of course the sweet gifts that people gave for Baby Ava.  Wow.  It is humbling to be the recipient of such a blessing.

I thought it would be fun to share about my hostess gifts with you, just in case you should ever find yourself in need of a creative idea for one!  Of course, you can never go wrong with a nice bottle of wine, a scented candle, or some gourmet chocolate! :)  But here’s another fun gift that would be especially nice if the friend you are giving it to enjoys good food…



Fresh mozzarella, packed in a jar with herbs and spices, and high-quality olive oil… it’s special, it’s different, and it’s pretty darn versatile!  Around my house, fresh mozzarella is a special treat.  I don’t always have the grocery budget to work it into my regular weekly meals, so sometimes I make it myself, and other times I just buy the Americanized shredded version.  But when I do have the fresh stuff on hand, my favorite ways to use it are in Peach Balsamic Pizza, Antipasto Skewers, Chicken Pesto Pizzetas, “Romesco” Pasta Bake, and Homemade Calzones.  Oh, and I’m dying to try this recipe from Ciao Veggie for Blueberry Mozzarella Panini.  Looks pretty dynamite if you ask me. :)


My favorite ways to use fresh mozzarella!


So log this idea away for the next time you need to give a hostess gift.  I think it’s a pretty good one.  (Plus, it’s so pretty!)  And if you have the extra time to make a decorative label and attach a recipe card for a delicious dish that uses mozzarella cheese, even better!  I can’t speak for everyone, but I know I would personally love to receive this.  Also note that this gift is most definitely perishable, so be sure to check the label on the mozzarella you buy and let the recipient of your gift know how long it will last in their refrigerator.

Happy Thursday!


P.S.  ONE MORE DAY to enter this week’s awesome giveaway!  I’ll be selecting the lucky winner of “A Mommy’s Guide to Taking Better Pictures” by Taylor Jackson, tomorrow at midnight.  You can enter here… good luck!



Here’s the printable recipe:

Mozzarella Hostess Gifts
Prep Time:
Total Time:
This easy recipe makes enough for 7 (8 oz.) jars of herb marinated mozzarella.
Serves:: 7
  • 7 sterile glass jars (8 oz. size) with lids
  • 30+ oz. good quality olive oil
  • 24 oz. fresh mozzarella (pearls, bocconcini, or ciliegine)
  • 14 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 7-14 cloves fresh garlic
  • 7 leaves fresh basil
  1. Fill each jar ¾ full with balls of fresh mozzarella, dispersing cloves of garlic, sprigs of rosemary, and leaves of basil within. Pour good quality olive oil over the contents of each jar until covered.
  2. Screw on lids and store in refrigerator. Use within 2-4 weeks (depending on the expiration date of the cheese you buy.)
  3. Attach a special recipe card or label and give away as hostess gifts!





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10 Responses so far.

  1. Becky Russell says:

    Is there an ingredient list for the mozzarella hostess gift?

  2. jill bezek says:

    Hi Carissa,
    Congratulations on your new baby. S/he will be blessed to have a mom like you!

    I happened upon your blog through the Center for
    Mind Body Medicine. And the first recipes i read were the broccoli and the tomato soups ( which I have made twice!!) I also made the chicken enchilada/quesadilla recipe. I swear I didn’t know I could cook so good and with the fresh ingredients. I am convalesing at home with a total knee replacement. And am delighted i can make these easy delicious recipes. THANKYOU FOR YOUR CREATIVITY AND GIVING SPIRIT. I am here in the wings practicing with you from a distance. Namaste god bless and go mama!!! Jill B

  3. Mallory says:

    Awesome idea… I agree- would LOVE to receive that gift! For a second, I thought you made the mozzarella yourself and I was gonna ask how you mastered the pearls! :)
    Also, OMGoodness… I want all that brunch food right now and am extremely jealous of you for getting to eat it! haha Very sweet of them to throw you a shower for your second baby, and a special, unique gift in return too. :) Good thinkin!

  4. This is such a great and thoughtful gift idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Kelly says:

    Whoa! Your hostesses know how to throw a decadent shower. That food is better than any I’ve ever seen at a shower.. It puts my cheese & crackers, mixed nuts and out-of-the-box cupcakes to shame!

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  7. Ruth Terrel says:

    Thanks for sharing this hostess gift idea. I really liked it. You can also purchase unique hostess gifts from reputed online stores also.