Posted on | October 12, 2011 | 8 Comments
Labneh is a type of soft cheese made from plain yogurt. It is a popular mezze dish in the Middle East. Labneh is very easy to prepare. This dish is also very versatile. You can eat it as an appetizer with pita bread or any type of bread. You can use it as a spread on its own on open face sandwiches or instead of mayonnaise or butter in all sorts of sandwiches. How about as a dip? I served it at a wedding once on crackers sprinkled with different seeds and nuts on each cracker such sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds. The crackers with labneh were part of the appetizers buffet. They must have hit a spot with some people because as soon as I put a new tray out, they were gone…
I usually make at least 3 or 4 times the amount of this recipe because it is so versatile in its use.
- 150g plain non-fat yogurt
- 1/2 tsp salt
Mix the yogurt with the salt.
Line a strainer with a cheese cloth or something similar. Place the strainer in a larger bowl. Now add the yogurt. Cover the strainer and the yogurt with a plate on top. Place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Take the labneh out of the strainer. Place it in a small bowl or roll the strained yogurt into one big or several small balls. Sprinkle with seeds, nuts or leave it plain. You can sprinkle a little olive oil over it, if desired.