SPICY and GARLICKY LABNEH!
Labneh is the Middle Easts best kept secret that goes well with practically everything. It compares to chutney in Indian food or ketchup to French fries. It is simple to make and a great addition to any cheeseboard, appetizer menu, or even breakfast! Yup, breakfast! Give it a spread on your morning toast and you’ll be set to conquer the world!
How do you make garlic labneh?
Simply grate/blend garlic and mix it with full fat greek yogurt with a pinch of salt. Then take a large strainer lined with a cheese cloth and place it over a bowl. Place the yogurt blend onto the strainer and gather all corners of the cheesecloth to form a tight ball. Place the set up into the fridge for about 24 hours. This will allow excess water to drain from the cloth leaving you with a thick cheese like result.
Top it with a good tasting olive oil and you are ready to enjoy the dip with crackers, crostini, wheat thins, pita bread, toast, etc.
An alternative to hummus!
You can add labneh to any cheeseboard for an extra tang and spice! Drizzle a great tasting olive oil over it and it is perfect to dig into with veggies and breads.
A greek yogurt mixture perfect as a dip, topper, or cheese replacement. Enjoy it as an appetizer or a spread.
- 1 cup greek yogurt (full-fat preferred)
- 3 cloves garlic (use more or less depending on preference)
- extra virgin olive oil
- red chili powder
- brined green peppercorns (available in the olive/pickle aisle)
Place the strainer over the bowl.
Line the strainer with the cheesecloth.
Combine salt, grated/blended garlic, and yogurt together. Mix it well.
Place the yogurt mixture on top of the cheesecloth.
Bring together the four corners of the cheesecloth and twist it together to form a tight ball.
Refrigerate the setup for 24 hours.
Uncover the cloth and place the yogurt in a plate.
Top it generously with a great tasting olive oil.
Sprinkle with red chili powder and a few green peppercorns.
Enjoy with crackers, toast, crostini, pita bread, vegetables, etc.
HAPPY EATING, FOLKS! <3
THE perfect addition to a cheeseboard or appetizer menu!