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Shrimp cocktail

It has been getting warm in Beirut these days and the idea of a shrimp cocktail was appealing. I love, just love cajun food, and thought of combining shrimp cooked New Orleans-style with the garlicky labneh I had earlier. Why not? It turned out fine, the contrast of fiery shrimp with creamy mellow labneh […]

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Shrimps are cooked with cajun spices and served with garlicky labneh
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4 people 20 minutes
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5 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
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5 minutes 5 minutes
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Shrimps are cooked with cajun spices and served with garlicky labneh
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
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5 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
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5 minutes 5 minutes
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  • 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the scallions and pan-fry till wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the spices and stir for a few seconds. Add the shrimps and pan-fry flipping them once or twice till pink and cooked, about 4 minutes. Drain and serve with garlicky labneh on the side if desired.
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By |May 8th, 2015|Salty|6 Comments
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Labneh dip (Labneh mtawameh)

Labneh is such an integral part of the Lebanese table for breakfast, it is sometimes easy to overlook other ways to use it. In Lebanon, it is also served as a mezze, in a form called mtawameh, literally meaning garlic-infused. That’s when I love it best. I added fresh chopped dill because wild dill […]

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A garlicky dip made with yogurt, garlic and fresh dill
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6 people 15 minutes
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6 people 15 minutes
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A garlicky dip made with yogurt, garlic and fresh dill
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
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0 minute 2 minutes
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    1.Mash the peeled garlic cloves in a garlic masher with a dash of salt (or a garlic press) and mix with the labneh and fresh dill. Transfer to a bowl and serve with the cucumbers or pita chips.
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    2.For homemade labneh: Place the yogurt in a sieve lined with a couple of paper towels (or use coffee pot filters). Let the yogurt drain for several hours or overnight. If the room is warm, place in the fridge to drain, lightly covered with plastic wrap. When it looks firm and rather dry, flip over onto a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • This dip can be served with pita chips, or other fresh veggies such as carrots (sprinkled with fresh drops of lemon) or radishes, broccoli, lightly steamed asparagus, etc.
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By |May 3rd, 2015|Salty|5 Comments
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Muhammara and labneh dip

This dip was a last minute inspiration. I had bought several pounds of beautiful Iranian walnuts (orders were placed from relatives) at the Iranian exhibit downtown. Big and gorgeous whitish walnuts. I made muhammara, of course, and it occurred to me that it would taste good combined with labneh. Sure enough! If you try […]

By |February 5th, 2015|Salty|8 Comments
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Labneh cheesecake

My daughter reconciled me with the idea of making cheesecake using labneh (which is drained yogurt cheese). She had made delicious labneh bars (a few years ago she used to look at me and smirk “don’t ever expect me to enjoy cooking”)
Well, here is the verdict: This was the easiest, lightest and fluffiest cheesecake […]

By |January 21st, 2015|Sweets|22 Comments
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Labneh cupcakes

I usually have a jar of labneh in the fridge at all times here in Lebanon. In the US, I make it from scratch usually or buy it on my trips to the Middle-Eastern store. I decided out of the blue to make some cupcakes, thinking of a famous Texan cake, the Seven-up Cake, […]

By |January 8th, 2015|Sweets|11 Comments
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Labneh balls (Labneh makbouseh)

 

 

 A slow-food activity for a week-end; making these labneh balls can also pay-off later on when a housewarming gift is needed. Just drain the yogurt overnight (or better yet, for a couple of days); using a small cookie dough scooper, make these little balls, place them on a paper-towel-lined tray, cover them with more […]

By |September 30th, 2013|Salty|15 Comments
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Penne with labneh tomato sauce

 

This is pasta in a jiffy with only 4 ingredients. The sauce is like the Italian vodka sauce, except I replaced the vodka with arak (Lebanese national drink with a strong taste of licorice); here only a teaspoon was enough.  I switched to labneh (drained yogurt) instead of cream. Happy Eid el-Futr to everyone who celebrates! […]

By |August 8th, 2013|Salty|11 Comments
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Olives stuffed with cheese

 

Or how to eat olives and cheese in one bite!

Pick a strong goat cheese to offset the pungent taste of the olives; get some pitted olives and a decorating bag with a tiny tube and you can get this fancy appetizer ready in no time!

Photo taken from my aunt’s balcony in Adma, Lebanon.

By |April 25th, 2012|Salty|18 Comments
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Chili labneh (Labneh harra)

If you happen to like a bit of heat, you will love this version of  labneh. At  Souk el-Tayeb it is served slathered on a markouk bread baked on the spot.

Since labneh is simply drained yogurt it is very easy to make this at home with a jar of hot red pepper paste, some […]

By |January 11th, 2012|Salty|25 Comments
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Labneh and butternut squash sauce for pasta

 

 

This is a very easy sauce to make. The contrast between the sweetness of the squash and the onions and the sour taste of labneh or yogurt is (in my mind) pleasant. The texture is rich and creamy, yet the sauce is light (especially if you make the labneh with fat-free Greek yogurt).

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By |August 14th, 2011|Salty|15 Comments