Labneh Recipe


Novice Foodie
Labneh, a traditional Middle Eastern cheese, is a rich, creamy spread made from strained yogurt. It's often enjoyed with olive oil and za'atar, served alongside fresh bread, or used as a dip for vegetables. Making labneh at home is surprisingly simple and requires just a few ingredients. Wanna find out how to do it? Let's get cooking!

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  • 4 cups plain full-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Olive oil (for serving)
  • Za'atar (optional, for serving)

Step-by-Step Procedure:
  1. Prepare the yogurt:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt and salt. Stir well until the salt is fully dissolved.
  2. Strain the yogurt:
    • Line a fine-mesh strainer or a colander with a double layer of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel. Place the strainer over a large bowl to catch the liquid whey.
    • Pour the salted yogurt into the lined strainer. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth and tie them into a bundle, ensuring the yogurt is well-contained.
  3. Strain the yogurt:
    • Place the bowl with the strainer in the refrigerator. Allow the yogurt to strain for 24 to 48 hours, depending on your desired consistency. The longer it strains, the thicker the labneh will become.
  4. Check the consistency:
    • After the desired straining time, check the consistency of the labneh. It should be thick and spreadable, similar to cream cheese. If it is too runny, allow it to strain for a few more hours.
  5. Transfer and serve:
    • Once the labneh has reached the desired thickness, transfer it to a serving dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with za'atar, if desired.
Making labneh at home is a straightforward process that yields a creamy, tangy cheese perfect for various dishes. With just yogurt and salt, you can create a versatile spread that complements both savory and sweet flavors. Enjoy your homemade labneh with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of za'atar, or as a dip for fresh vegetables and bread. 🥐🍚🥗