Yellow Brick Road Mock Cheesecakes
Since 2009 marks the 70th Anniversary of the film version of the “Wizard of Oz,” why not host a party with some Oz-themed food. (And no, I’m not referring to the HBO show, although a prison-food theme might make for another interesting party theme!)
This recipe is a great way to have cheesecake-like items without the cost … It’s simple to make, tastes great, and it can be prepared healthily! Check out the recipe for “Yellow Brick Road Mock Cheesecakes”
1. Box of graham crackers
2. 8 oz. of plain cream cheese (can be fat-free)
3. 8 oz. of Neufchatel cheese (OPTIONAL)
4. Yellow food coloring
5. Fresh (or frozen and thawed) strawberries
6. White sugar crystals (or artificial sweetener)
7. Red sugar crystals (OPTIONAL)
Step 1: Open up a box of graham crackers. Break the flats in half along the perforation on the cracker so what you have look like little graham cracker “bricks.”
Step 2: For your spreadable cheese layer of your mock-cheesecake, you can use fat free (or reduced- or full-fat, whatever your preference) plain cream cheese.
Step 3: OPTIONAL – If you like, you can blend the Neufchatel cheese with your cream cheese for a richer flavor. It’s not neccessary, though and you can get away with just using your cream cheese… But if you feel like experimenting, Neufchatel is the way to go!
Step 4: Add some yellow food coloring to your blended or plain cream cheese to acheive your desired effect. Blend it together thoroughly and spread a nice layer over your graham cracker “bricks.”
Step 5: Slice up some fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries and put two slices on each “brick.”
Step 6: Sprinkle red or white sugar crystals over the top of the strawberries. Your strawberry “ruby slippers” will sparkle now!!
Step 7: Sprinkle a light dusting the white sugar crystals over the creamy cheese layer of the crackers.
Step 8: Arrange your crackers on the tray to look like a “Yellow Brick Road” with either a spiral pattern or just a straight brick road. Enjoy!