A Wedding in the Family: Wedding Shower Part III – Teriyaki Meatballs and Mozzarella Bites

Teriyaki Meatballs
Teriyaki Meatballs

A few more appetizers to add to our three part series about the Wedding Shower and then we’ll move on to other things.  Not to say that these last two “bites” are to be dismissed.  I definitely think you should try them.  Once is so simple that you will wish you would have thought of it sooner.

Wedding shower food-5863 webIf you’ve been following along with this three part series, you will notice that we did not serve the traditional “wedding shower” food…finger sandwiches, tea, salads and cake or assorted pastries.  My daughter is not a real girly girl, although she is very feminine.  She never really played with dolls as she was growing up.  In fact, she had three dolls and she named them, Big Baby (because that doll was the biggest), Jelly Baby and Free Willy.  Mind you, these are all dolls, not stuffed animals.  I stopped buying her dolls after the naming episode.  She was not the slightest bit interested in Barbies or tea parties or playing house or any of that as a little girl.  She liked to read. She liked to collect all my junk mail in a brown cardboard box, take them up to her room and play Post Office.  She liked to sit in trees.  She liked to Roller Blade and swim. She was (and is) a pistol.  (See photo below.)

School Photo
Aly with an attitude
Aly and her brother at Tahoe
Aly and her brother at Tahoe

As an adult, she runs marathons, hikes very rugged trails in Tahoe and her favorite alcoholic beverage is IPA Beers.  And her favorite color is not pink.

So, consequently her menu included her dad’s famous pizza, Jalapeno pepper poppers, teriyaki meatballs, Sangria, brownies and Mexican Wedding Cookies (her favorite) and the other recipes that I have outlined here and in the last two parts. Bold and playful:  her style.

Mexican Wedding Cookies
Mexican Wedding Cookies

The one thing that was consistent with most other wedding showers was the flowers.  We made sure there were plenty of flowers, both inside and out.

Flowers and Umbrellas
Pots O’Flowers and Umbrellas

The Thank-you gifts were also pots of herbs and flowers.

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And, we had handmade paper flowers around the house and hanging from trees outdoors.

Amber making paper flowers
Amber making paper flowers

And, of course there were pictures (I am a photographer by trade, after all.)

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Photos waiting to be placed around the yard and house
Large Photo in the garden
Large Photo in the garden

Enough of all this shower, flower, photos stuff.  On to the recipes…

The first recipe is the easiest and you can make this any old time you want because it is that easy.  We got this recipe from Southern Living.

Marinated Mozzarella


  • 3 (8-oz.) blocks mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (8.5-oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and halved
  • 1/2 cup olive oil $
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish: flat-leaf parsley sprigs or fresh rosemary stems


1. Cut blocks of cheese into 1-inch cubes. Arrange cheese cubes and tomato halves in an 8-inch square baking dish.

2. Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, chopped parsley, and next 6 ingredients; pour evenly over cheese cubes. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Transfer mixture to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, or spear tomato halves and cheese cubes with short rosemary stems, if desired. Drizzle with marinade, if desired.

I like these little bites for a couple of reasons:  they are easy, they look pretty (always the photographer) and they are tasty.  You can keep them on a little plate and when you bring them out, your guests and/or family will be wowed.  They will wonder why they never thought of this.

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The Rosemary is used as a little toothpick while it imparts a pungent aroma and flavor to the cheese.

The next recipe takes a little more work, but they disappeared quickly.  Yes!Chef! ground his own meat for this so they were very, very tender.  But, you can just as easily use already ground pork or chicken.\

This recipe is from Delish.com.  Please visit their site for more details and nutritional information

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Teriyaki Meatballs

Yields: 30 meatballs

Total Time: 35 min

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Oven Temp: 425


  • White from 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup(s) minced scallions
  • 2 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon(s) grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoon(s) toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, crushed through a press
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pound(s) ground pork or chicken
  • 1/2 cup(s) thick teriyaki sauce and marinade
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, whisk egg white, scallions, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, garlic, and pepper until blended. Add pork and mix in with your hands until combined. Shape into 30 (1 1/2-inch) balls.
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add half the meatballs and sauté 5 minutes, or until lightly browned on all sides and meatballs firm up. Brown remaining meatballs.
  3. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Place meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with teriyaki sauce. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, brushing once with remaining sauce, until cooked through and glazed.
  4. Insert toothpicks into meatballs and transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

As I mentioned above, these disappeared pretty quickly and we only a few leftovers.  They do take a little more time to create, but I think they are worth the effort.  The guests also enjoyed them with the Apricot Dipping Sauce that we made for the Jalapeno Pepper Poppers. But you don’t need it…necessarily.

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And they certainly look pretty with the colorful paper and real flowers.

Wedding shower food-5860 webThis is the last part of my three part Wedding in the Family: shower series.  I hope you enjoyed it and found a couple of interesting recipes to try.

Aly Shower-5458 webI had to add the above picture of the Mexican Wedding Cookies because of the adorable glass serving tray that I inherited from my mom.  I thought it was perfect for a wedding shower.  And my daughter loved the cookies.

Go here for a good recipe for these easy and tasty cookies.

We enjoyed hosting this shower very much and now we wait, excitedly, for the wedding.

Aly and Brian checking out the wedding venue
Aly and Brian checking out the wedding venue



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Karen Schmautz


7 thoughts on “A Wedding in the Family: Wedding Shower Part III – Teriyaki Meatballs and Mozzarella Bites

  1. Everything looks wonderful. If I push print do I get just recipes and all the pics too. The food sounds and looks amazing as do the pics. Can you email me just the recipes? Is that rude or what? Cant wait to see the wedding pics. Lots of love.

  2. How fantastic, I catered my daughters wedding several years ago and it was such a wonderful
    gift, she got to have all of her favorite foods – your recipes and pictures are great as usual.

    1. thank you. My daughter has banned yes!Chef! from cooking anything for her wedding and I am only allowed to take pictures with my point and shoot. She said, “Can’t you guys just be the father and mother of the bride?” How could I refuse?

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