Sunday, May 29, 2011

Homemade Labneh

This reminds me of a middle eastern version of cream cheese.  It has a great tang that yogurt has but the thick creamy texture of cream cheese.  All you need is some greek yogurt, salt, and patience and you can make this in a day.  Serve with some pita bread, olive oil, and cucumber for an awesome snack.


1 quart of plain greek yogurt
1 tsp salt
cheese cloth

First pout the yogurt in a bowl and add the salt.  Whisk the yogurt until it is a smooth mixture.  Get your cheese cloth ready and pour the yogurt into the cloth.  Pull up the sides and tight it in a knot so it can be a sling.  I set mine on a strainer over a bowl to catch the whey drippings.  Let sit in your refrigerator over night.  After 1 day remove from the fridge and untie the cheese cloth.  Dry off the labneh and mold it into a circle with a paper towel.  With your thumb put a little indent in the middle and drizzle olive oil, salt, and black pepper over it.  


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