Super Bowl Appetizers: Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Southwestern Marinara Sauce #SB47

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While I enjoy watching the Superbowl with my husband, Super Bowl appetizers are a huge diet killer for me. I am a huge fan of anything dipped, fried, battered and crunchy and usually that means totally unhealthy, right? Well, it IS possible to have Super Bowl appetizers that are all of those things AND not too horribly unhealthy! I was recently sent some Del Monte Southwestern Style Tomatoes with the challenge of finding a recipe for them that would be perfect for Super Bowl snacking. If you are looking for Super Bowl appetizers that are full of flavor, these baked mozzarella sticks with southwestern style marinara sauce are a great choice.

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Usually, marina sauce has an Italian ‘flavor’ with oregano, basil and other Italian seasonings. Well, by using an assortment of hot peppers, you totally change the flavor profile. Del Monte Southwestern-Style Petite Cut® Diced Tomatoes come in either a green chili or chipotle variety. They are the perfect way to spice up main dishes, snacking recipes, and Superbowl appetizers. Del Monte canned tomatoes, fruits and vegetables contain the same essential nutrients as fresh varieties and are picked at the peak of ripeness and canned on the same day, to ensure nutrients and flavor are locked in. The southwestern style marinara sauce I made was delicious, low in fat and high in flavor. Combined with a baked low fat mozzarella sticks I was feeling slightly less guilty about my snacking! If you are looking for tasty and slightly healthier Super Bowl appetizers, this is a good choice!

NOTE:  This recipe will make tons of Southwestern Style Marinara Sauce. You can also use it on top of Chicken Parmesan, as a dip for tortilla chips or just freeze it back for use at another time.

Super Bowl Appetizers with Del Monte

super bowl appetizers with Del Monte

 Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Southwestern Marinara Sauce

Yield: 6

Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Southwestern Marinara Sauce

Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Southwestern Marinara Sauce
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 (12 ounce) package reduced-fat mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • No Stick spray like PAM or something similar
  • 1 can Del Monte Southwestern Style Petite Diced tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Chipolte Peppers in Adobo Sauce, finely chopped (plus 1 to 2 TBSP Adobe sauce)


  1. For the Mozzarella Sticks: Place flour on one plate, on another plate put Panko bread crumbs, garlic salt and cayenne and mix gently. In a bowl, whisk the egg briskly until lightly foamy.
  2. Dip each mozzarella stick first in flour, then in egg, then in breadcrumb mixture. Place on a cookie sheet that is lightly sprayed with PAM. Spray tops of cheese sticks lightly with more PAM.
  3. Bake the cheese sticks in a 350 degree oven in the top 1/2 of the oven for 3 minutes, turn them gently and spray with more PAM. Cook another 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them and make sure you do not let them actually start to melt. If they do, remove them from the oven and gently reshape.
  4. For the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add tomato sauce and Del Monte Southwestern Style tomatoes with Green Chilies. Add chipotle peppers and Adobo sauce. Simmer gently 10 to 15 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. To serve, put Southwestern Style Marina Sauce in a bowl and serve with a platter of the low fat baked mozzarella sticks.



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