Labneh

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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|18 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).

INGREDIENTS:

1 […]

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

 

Sorry, I could not think of a better title. This is a cauliflower “cream” made with steamed (and still a bit crunchy) cauliflower and goat yogurt labneh. You can use  Greek yogurt with fine results (and goat cheese if you like the taste), just add a slice of bread to give the cream more […]

By |July 18th, 2011|Salads|23 Comments
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Carrot burger

 

 

This dish is inspired by an idea from a French-Armenian chef I admire, Sonia Ezgulian. She made the carrot burger and in the middle, shaped a patty with a cooked chicken breast mixed with fromage blanc; I made patties with kafta instead and served it with extra lemon (on the carrots) and dilled labneh […]

By |June 30th, 2011|Salty|22 Comments
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Carrot soup with labneh

 

A soup that can be made with minimum fuss yet delivers big flavor; if you happen to have some labneh, great, otherwise drain some yogurt that morning. I used a bit of the stash of cilantro pesto from my freezer to speed things up.

INGREDIENTS: 6 servings

1 pound of carrots
1 large onion
1 chicken bouillon cube […]

By |June 23rd, 2011|Salty|19 Comments