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

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.


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

4.6 from 23 reviews
Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Southwestern Marinara Sauce
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
  • 1 (12 ounce) package reduced-fat mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • ¼ 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
  • ½ 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 ½ 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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Disclaimer:  In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials.”: I received product samples  in exchange for my honest review. The Del Monte products, information and two gift packs have been provided by Del Monte. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. Some of the links in this post may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.


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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can't quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!


  1. The Chicken and Rice Bake looks pretty yummy.

    I like the spicy dip you made. Never thought of using a spicy dip for that before.

  2. The Garlic Beef Stir Fry looks awesome, as does the 10 minute chili.

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  8. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

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  9. Garlic Beef Stirfry

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  11. connie curtis says:

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  12. I liked the 10 min Chili..

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  14. Michele Behlen says:

    I would like to try the Hearty Hamburger Soup.

  15. i like Cheesy Corn and Chicken Tostada

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  19. nichol tone says:

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  20. Mendy Dinsmore says:

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  21. Andrea Williams says:

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  22. Jennifer Marie says:

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  27. dan williams says:

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  28. debbie jackson says:

    ten minute chili

  29. recipe for Chicken and Rice Bake

  30. Breakfast wraps.
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  31. That Chicken and Rice Bake looks good, your recipe looks good too.

  32. i like the chicken mandarin salad

  33. Have to go with the Garlic Beef Stir Fry. It looks so good.

  34. Their recipe for Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry looks yummy.

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  37. Debbie Welchert says:

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  38. Katherine Cano says:

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  39. Sandy VanHoey says:

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  40. steve weber says:

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  41. JEFF TAYLOR says:

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  42. jenny green says:

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  45. sheila ressel says:

    fiesta bean dip

  46. Amanda Sakovitz says:

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  48. Wild Orchid says:

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  49. laurie damrose says:

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  50. Ashley Nolan says:

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  51. Sylvia Zajis says:

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  53. Wanda McHenry says:

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  55. Cindi Decker says:

    The Sante Fe wraps

  56. Garlic Beef Stir Fry looks really yummy!!!!

  57. Terri Quick says:

    Garden Potato Salad

  58. Debby Chandler says:

    Asparagus Antipasto is the recipe I want to try.

  59. The black bean dip!

  60. I would like to try the Santa Fe Wraps recipe

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  62. Taryn Pasco says:

    The Santa Fe Wraps look sooo yummy!

  63. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    I would like to make the Southwestern Turkey Chili.

  64. The Chicken Mandarin Salad looks amazing!

  65. Barbara Montag says:

    Savory Tomato Angel Hair – yum and it’s healthy!
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  66. Terri Herman says:

    The garlic beef stir-fry looks great!

  67. My family would love the breakfast wraps!

  68. i’m loving the beef stir fry!

  69. kelly nicholson says:

    Chicken Mandarin Salad

  70. Alfredia Bowers says:

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  71. Chicken Mandarin Salad sounds yummy to me!

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  73. Adrienne gordon says:

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  74. I like the apricot tart

  75. Margaret Smith says:

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  76. Mary Casper says:

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  79. Sarah Davis says:

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  85. The Mandarin Chicken Salad sounds really good!

  86. I like the Garlic Beef Stir Fry recipe

  87. I like the Fiesta Corn and Black Bean Dip.

  88. Maria Iemma says:

    I liked the breakfast wrap — easy/delicious

  89. Acapulco Burgers look awesome!

  90. I want to try the Milano Shrimp Fettuccini

  91. crystle tellerday says:

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  92. Theron Willis says:

    I like the Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing recipe.

  93. like the Breakfast Wraps

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  95. Theresa Shafer says:

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  99. Penny Snyder says:

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  100. Linda Lansford says:

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  101. Ttrockwood says:

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  114. Rachael Glembocki says:

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  115. Sheila Hickmon says:

    I like the Mediterranean Tuna Pocket Sandwich! Thanks!

  116. Mediterranean chicken sounds good to me!

  117. LOIS PAYTON says:

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  118. Elven Johnson says:

    Santa Fe Wraps

  119. The 10 minute chili sounds great

  120. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

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  121. the kid friendly breakfast wraps

  122. Liberty Boblett says:
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  127. Susan Christy says:

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  128. Audra Weathers says:

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  130. Marti Parks says:

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  131. Peach Yogurt Pops!

  132. Cindy Merrill says:

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  133. Alex Roach says:

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  147. wendy rozema says:

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  148. michelle r says:

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  149. Colleen Boudreau says:

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  150. natalie nichols says:

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  154. Jessica Rose says:

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  156. Jacob LaFountaine says:

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  159. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

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  160. Claire McKeon says:

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  171. Erin Collins says:

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  179. Ariel Henry says:

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  180. Tina Bartunek says:

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  183. Cody Anderson says:

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  185. Kathleen Downes says:

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  186. rich morris says:

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  190. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says:

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  207. Dianna Thomas says:

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  210. Lisa Garner says:

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  212. alyce poalillo says:

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  216. Kobi Hensley says:

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  224. Stephanie Phelps says:

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  229. terri tillman says:

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  230. Beef Macaroni and Cheese.

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  233. tracey byram says:

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  236. I would like to try the cheesy corn and chicken tostados. thank you!!

  237. Debra Guillen says:

    Prepare in under 30 minutes Cheesy Corn and Chicken Tostada

  238. 10 minute chili

  239. Yummy the Cheesy Corn and Chicken Tostada.

  240. Aimee Fontenot says:

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  241. mary gardner says:

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  245. julie murphy says:

    Fiesta bean dip

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  247. Terry Cross says:

    Garlic Beef Stir Fry

  248. The Breakfast Wraps would be my recipe of choice!

  249. The Breakfast Wraps would be my recipe of choice!

  250. susan smoaks says:

    i would like to try the Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry recipe

  251. Kari Flores says:

    I would like to try the Sesame Ginger Asparagus

  252. Santa Fe Wraps

  253. Susan Smith says:

    Acapulco Grilled Shrimp

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  255. Carolyn Daley says:

    I would try the Fiesta Chicken and Rice

  256. Wendy Mastin says:

    I like the Cheesy Corn and Chicken Tostada

  257. Mary Jacobowitz says:

    Cheddar Corn Muffins

  258. Marcy Strahan says:

    I would love to make the Acapulco Grilled Shrimp

  259. lisagee1234 says:

    Blue Cheese Green Bean Salad looks great :o)

  260. I’d like to try the Garden Potato Salad recipe.

  261. Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

  262. Becky Richied says:

    I like the Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry recipe, can’t wait to try it.

  263. Margie Young says:

    The Santa Fe wraps look so good !

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  269. Geoff Kaufman says:

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  270. christine jessamine says:

    i love the 10 min chili!

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