I made cheese for the very first time, and it could not possibly have been easier! It's a Middle-Eastern yogurt cheese recipe called Labaneh and it is so good.

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

This yogurt cheese finishes up with a tangy, buttery taste and a clay-like texture that reminds me a bit of goat cheese.

Yogurt Cheese Recipe

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Labaneh Yogurt Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 d
Total Time
1 d 5 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients and place in the center of a cheesecloth.
  2. Hang cheesecloth above a bowl and let sit for approximately 1 day, until no more liquid remains in the yogurt.

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

Just two ingredients is all you need for this yogurt cheese. The salt works to impart some extra savory flavor while it pulls the moisture out of the dairy.

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

We're working with Mountain High Yoghurt, and I use their original recipe for this dish because it's one of the few full fat kinds I can find (also, it's what I've been eating since I was a kid and I love it). Full fat is crucial to me because it imparts a really rich, creamy flavor.

In case you're wondering, Mountain High Yoghurt spells it “yogHurt” with an “H” because it's closer to how the word is spelled in most European countries. They make it the Old World way, slow turning in a cup to preserve the beneficial bacterias.

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

And I made my yogurt cheese the old-fashioned way as well, stringing it up and letting it hang!

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

Most people use a cheesecloth for their  yogurt cheese, but I have these loose-woven 100% cotton kitchen towels that do the job nicely.

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

After a day of hanging around, all of the whey has dripped down and collected in the bowl below. I actually fed this to my chickens on the advice of a friend and they loved it!

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

You know that it's really good and done when you give the yogurt cheese a squeeze through the cloth and no moisture seeps out.

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

Drizzle it with a little olive oil, garnish with basil and serve it as a side with pitas. Or fruit.

Or all by itself with a fork. I don't judge.

A Middle-Eastern recipe for yogurt cheese called Labaneh

Be sure to check out Mountain High Yoghurt on their website, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram pages.