Labneh (yogurt cheese)

January 7, 2009  •  Course:  •  Category:

We were told that Marcel Proust loved his madeleines, because when he would bite into one a flood of childhood memories would overtake him and he would experience bliss…

I am willing to bet that for a large majority of Lebanese expats the feeling is similar when a plate of labneh is presented to them.

Labneh (yogurt cheese)

Joumana Accad Mediterranean, Middle Eastern January 7, 2009 Appetizer/Mezze Cheese, mezze,

4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Passive Time: 8 hours


14 ounces yogurt full-fat or low-fat
1 tsp salt to taste
3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin


Line a sieve (large enough to fit the quantity of yogurt) with either a coffee filter or a paper towel. Dump the yogurt on it and let it sit over a bowl for a few hours until the yogurt gets drained completely of its water, usually a minimum of 6 hours. The bowl can either be placed on a counter or in the fridge covered loosely with plastic wrap. It is O.K to let it sit overnight.

Grab the bowl, dump the water and flip the drained yogurt, now labneh, into a pretty serving dish. With the back of a spoon, draw a circular furrow all around. Pour some extra virgin olive oil in the furrow. It is ready now! Eat with pieces of pita and also, if you wish, fresh mint, olives, tomatoes and cucumbers, some zaatar sprinkled on top.

make labneh

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  1. kouky says:

    simple et délicieusement bonne!! depuis que j’ai découvert , j’en prépare régulièrement avec zaatar et menthe. un délice de fraicheur et de gout!!

  2. Anne says:

    A regular plain yogurt? Or a Greek Yogurt?

    • Joumana says:

      @Anne: You can use a plain regular yogurt and let it drain; I imagine with a greek yogurt it would not take as long to get to the consistency of labneh.

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