This is the Lebanese version of cream cheese, a lot tastier and lower in calories. Serve on a plate, sprinkled with olive oil, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and mint. Or simply spread it like cream cheese on pita bread.

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a large colander with a cheesecloth. Stir salt into the yogurt, and pour the yogurt into the cheesecloth. Set the colander in the sink or bowl to catch the liquid that drains off. Leave to drain for 24 hours.

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  • After draining for the 24 hours, transfer the resulting cheese to a bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

92.1 calories; 6.4 g protein; 8.6 g carbohydrates; 7.4 mg cholesterol; 158.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (27)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2007
Being of Lebanese decent, I have had this all of my life. I often add some or all of the following flavorings: fresh, mashed or roasted mashed garlic, an envelope of Ranch dip powder, fresh herbs, scallions and minced sun-dried tomatoes. I also use non-fat yogurt for a healthy snack. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2016
Disappointing. Too thick and lacking tanginess. Will not make again. Read More
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2007
Being of Lebanese decent, I have had this all of my life. I often add some or all of the following flavorings: fresh, mashed or roasted mashed garlic, an envelope of Ranch dip powder, fresh herbs, scallions and minced sun-dried tomatoes. I also use non-fat yogurt for a healthy snack. Read More
(129)
Rating: 4 stars
05/30/2005
Labneh is awesome, and this recipe is no exception, and simple enough to make. I prefer making my own yogurt and then straining it through the cheesecloth. I then shape the labneh into 2-inch balls and store in a jar with olive oil. Alternately, I store the labneh in a separate container and add the olive oil at serving time. Read More
(75)
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2006
I didn't have any cheesecloth on hand so I used a plain white clean handkerchief. The recipe came out wonderful I added some minced garlic and olives and used it as a spread for pitas with hummus. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2007
This is a great recipe, and a lot of fun to play with. I didn't have a cheesecloth the first time I tried it, so I just used some paper towels, and it was still good. I also didn't want 4 lbs, so I cut in down: 4 cups (one 32 oz/2 lb container yogurt), 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 T olive oil. One night, I made fajitas and didn't have sour cream- my family and i tried this and it was perfect! This is versatile and so easy. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2008
We loved this! Be sure to use plain yogurt with no added thickeners (ie: geletin corn starch). We served this spread on a plate drizzled with EVOO and sprinkled with greek herb mix. Scoop up with pita triangles or crunchy vegies! Also spread in pita pockets with falafel fillings. Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2007
This recipe is great. It has a delicious flavor and is healthy! I let the yogurt strain for another day because it didn't quite have the taste I was looking for after only 24 hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2009
I made this with homemade yogurt. It is delicious! Next time I might let it sit longer some in the middle didn't seem to drain quite as well as the rest. I only made 1/4 recipe that worked out to be a good amount for our family. I'm really happy I tried this recipe thank you for sharing it. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2011
I have made this my whole life - it's a good recipe. I have rarely added the olive oil into the cheese but it's a nice idea. For the reviewer who found this was not a cream cheese consistency it can be thicker if you allow it to drain longer. I also use clean nylon stockings to let it drain - I use 2 layers of knee high stockings and pour the yogurt in and let it hang over my kitchen faucet over night. It's usually a nice thick consistency in the morning. I now plan to drizzle the olive oil over it and the chopped vegetables and use it as an appetizer - thanks for a new and improved recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2011
This can also be made flavored with herbs. I usually add a little garlic and fresh mint to the recipe like they do at my favorite middle eastern restaurant. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2016
Disappointing. Too thick and lacking tanginess. Will not make again. Read More