"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." — LEBANESE
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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 herbs, scallions and minced sun-dried tomatoes. I also use non-fat yogurt for a healthy snack.
This is NOT the Lebanese version of cream cheese. Labneh is yogurt....plain and simple. Cream cheese is much firmer and this is not firm so please, if you make this do NOT expect something like cream cheese but, instead, a tart yogurt.
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 balls and store in a jar with olive oil. Alternately, I store the labneh in a separate container and add the olive oil at serving time.
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 hummus.
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, so I cut in down: 4 cups (one 32 oz/2 lb container yogurt), 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 T olive oil. One night, I made fajitas and didn't have sour cream- my family and i tried this and it was perfect! This is versatile and so easy.
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.
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 with pita triangles or crunchy vegies! Also spread in pita pockets with falafel fillings.
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 out to be a good amount for our family. I'm really happy I tried this recipe, thank you for sharing it.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Labneh (Lebanese Cream Cheese)
Serving Size: 1/32 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 32
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 32
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