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Labneh (Lebanese Cream Cheese)

Labneh (Lebanese Cream Cheese)


"This is the Lebanese version of cream cheese, a lot tastier and lower in calories. Serve on a plate, sprinkled with olive oil, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and mint. Or simply spread it like cream cheese on pita bread."
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1 d 5 m servings 92 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 92 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 3.6 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 8.6g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 158 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Line a large colander with a cheesecloth. Stir salt into the yogurt, and pour the yogurt into the cheesecloth. Set the colander in the sink or bowl to catch the liquid that drains off. Leave to drain for 24 hours.
  2. After draining for the 24 hours, transfer the resulting cheese to a bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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  1. 30 Ratings

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Being of Lebanese decent, I have had this all of my life. I often add some or all of the following flavorings: fresh, mashed or roasted mashed garlic, an envelope of Ranch dip powder, fresh he...

Most helpful critical review

Disappointing. Too thick, and lacking tanginess. Will not make again.

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Being of Lebanese decent, I have had this all of my life. I often add some or all of the following flavorings: fresh, mashed or roasted mashed garlic, an envelope of Ranch dip powder, fresh he...

Labneh is awesome, and this recipe is no exception, and simple enough to make. I prefer making my own yogurt and then straining it through the cheesecloth. I then shape the labneh into 2-inch ...

I didn't have any cheesecloth on hand, so I used a plain white, clean, handkerchief. The recipe came out wonderful, I added some minced garlic and olives and used it as a spread for pitas with ...

This is a great recipe, and a lot of fun to play with. I didn't have a cheesecloth the first time I tried it, so I just used some paper towels, and it was still good. I also didn't want 4 lbs, s...

We loved this! Be sure to use plain yogurt with no added thickeners (ie: geletin, corn starch). We served this spread on a plate, drizzled with EVOO and sprinkled with greek herb mix. Scoop up w...

This recipe is great. It has a delicious flavor and is healthy! I let the yogurt strain for another day because it didn't quite have the taste I was looking for after only 24 hours.

I made this with homemade yogurt. It is delicious! Next time I might let it sit longer, some in the middle didn't seem to drain quite as well as the rest. I only made 1/4 recipe, that worked ...

I have made this my whole life - it's a good recipe. I have rarely added the olive oil into the cheese, but it's a nice idea. For the reviewer who found this was not a cream cheese consistency...

This can also be made flavored with herbs. I usually add a little garlic and fresh mint to the recipe, like they do at my favorite middle eastern restaurant.

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