Simple herbed labneh: Middle Eastern yogurt cheese ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

14 September 2015

Simple herbed labneh: Middle Eastern yogurt cheese

Simple herbed labneh: Middle Eastern yogurt cheese

If you like to use yogurt for all kinds of different sweet and savory uses -- curries, marinades, soup garnishes, and smoothies are my usual suspects -- you likely have a big tub of plain, unadulterated yogurt in your refrigerator. Well, now you can add one more use to that list: labneh.

Labneh is a very simple concoction: yogurt drained well and transformed into a spreadable cheese. It's very similar to Greek yogurt, depending on how long you let it drain. While labneh is occasionally stocked in Middle Eastern specialty markets, it's frequently easier -- as well as more versatile -- to just buy ordinary yogurt and make it yourself. If you happen to make your own yogurt to begin with, that's even better.

Labneh adds a delightful tang and a thick, creamy texture to any number of dishes while simultaneously removing the need for a separate container of Greek yogurt. What's not to love?

What can you do with labneh? I tend to go very simple and eat it spread on bread or crackers, but you can apply it nearly anywhere you'd normally use either Greek yogurt or sour cream. Mix labneh with mashed avocado to make a super-rich and delicious dip. Spread some in a burrito along with a generous helping of salsa. Garnish a bowl of spicy dal. Use it to make tzatziki and eat it with juicy meatballs or lentil kibbeh. Serve it with a platter of hummus and vegetables, add a drizzle of olive oil and some pita bread, and go to town.

The main piece of equipment you'll need to make labneh is a fine strainer. I use a very fine-mesh nylon strainer set over a measuring cup to make my labneh. You can also use a slightly more open-mesh strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Aim for something that will allow liquids, but not solids, to escape.

Simple herbed labneh: Middle Eastern yogurt cheese

Basic labneh

full-fat plain yogurt
a fine-mesh strainer
a bowl or cup to set your strainer over

Set your strainer over your draining vessel, making sure that there's a good inch or two of space between their two bottoms. Fill the strainer with yogurt.

Leave your yogurt in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 12 hours. 24 hours is an ideal draining time. As the yogurt drains, it will reduce in volume by approximately 1/3 to 1/2.

Remove your finished labneh to a container of your choice. Store in the refrigerator until needed. Use your accumulated whey to make bread.

Herbed labneh

1 cup finished labneh
green herbs of your choice
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper

Mix your finished labneh with as much chopped herbs as you like. I used dill and parsley for this rendition; pretty much any green herb you like should work well. Smash and finely mince a clove of garlic and add it to the mix. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and stir together.

If you like, you can make your labneh into balls. Pick up spoonfuls of labneh, drop them into a bowl of chopped herbs, and gently roll to coat in the herbs. I tend not to bother with this, because I'm just going to spread my finished labneh anyway.

Leave your herbed labneh in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours before serving, to give the flavors a chance to develop.

I ate my labneh on toast with a handful of pickled peppers, and threw some dilly beans on the side for extra pickle action.

Have you ever strained yogurt at home? What's your favorite way to use it?

4 comments:

Sophia @ Little Box Brownie said...

Yum what a great afternoon snack. Looks so tasty xx

kajalkapoor said...

https://www.uttarakhandescort.com/
Uttarakhand Escort Service | Uttarakhand Call Girls
Get Escort Service in Uttarakhand at low price by Miss Kajal 000000000. Our escorts agency offers luxurious and beautiful Uttarakhand female model escorts
Uttarakhand call girls, call girls in Uttarakhand, young girls, call girl Uttarakhand, escorts in Dehradun, escort service in dehradun, dehradun call girls, dehradun escort, escort in dehradun, dehradun escort service, hariyana escorts service, dehradun independent Escorts , dehradun escorts, escort service in dehradun, dehradun escorts agency.



kajalkapoor said...

https://pinkcityescort.com/
We Offer the Mainly Demanding Independent Jaipur Escorts Services to High Profile - Jaipur Escorts Service 9990765904 Call Girls in Jaipur
Hello welcome to my site, I am a Jaipur Escorts City, a High Class Jaipur Escorts meticulous date. Whether or not you require some person to run with you on any industrial enterprise treks, ends of the week away, dinner, theater, quiet night in, or no of  hours amusing and go to, I can be that one in every of a type individual, basically call me your concise sweetheart. And each considered one of my photos is of ME and 101 % assessment, no progressions. I’m 20 Years antique; degree 11 blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes. I’m a  36-24-36 with wonderfully sensitive clean, tanned and molded pores and pores and skin. And I keep myself fit and can be determined in my network practice focus continuously. Also I am spotlessly ideal and take impossible idea to make certain I stay thusly, as I discover this primary even as assembly my date.
you are feeling tired by means of way of your paintings load then you certainly have the choice to come back lower back to the Escorts in Jaipur. And Superb diploma is it definitely is one the various foremost mentioned spots for buying a charge out of pleasuring administrations. Pink city Jaipur Call Girls are continuously famous on the equal time as you are purchasing a decent cute and beautiful escort woman then Jaipur is that the tremendous vicinity anyplace you can see call Samar ladies. Or if you are a go to Jaipur or remaining in Jaipur, you just must advantage escort advantage whilst you desire to beautify your lifestyles. The escort advantage workplace or impartial escort have their profile online, in this manner you simply have to be confined to searching for and get with the right escort benefit employer. Pink City Escort are committed to furnishing you with the nice guide and moreover they regularly try to inform their client’s goals. Can clearly get baffled once you utilize VIP Escorts in Jaipur benefits similar to the best to provide you most excessive pride
jaipur call girls,call girls in jaipur,young girls in jaipur,call girls in jaipur,escorts in jaipur,call girls in jaipur,jaipur call girl, jaipur escort service, escort in jaipur, jaipur escort service, jaipur escorts service, jaipur independent Escort, escort service provider in jaipur, escort service provider in jaipur
Pink City Call Girls,Pink City Escort Service,Pink City Escort Service,Jaipur Escort Service,Jaipur Escort,Jodhpur Escort,Pink City Escort,Escort Service Jaipur,Call Girl In Jaipur,Jaipur Call Girl,Escort Services in Jaipur,Jaipur Call Girl,Escort in Jaipur,
https://twitter.com/pinkcitycom
https://www.instagram.com/serviceproduct04/
https://www.facebook.com/people/Babu-Kumar/100055944257709

Roman Adam said...

Wow!! This recipe is looking yummy!!!
Thanks for this blog!!
leather handbags