Labneh, a creamy homemade cheese

Chef Latina Doreen Colondres

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Labneh is a creamy and delicious greek yogurt cheese originated in Lebanon. I learned it from my friend Yasmina from Beirut. The first time I stayed at her house, she asked me to prepare it with her to have fresh cheese every morning. Today is a classic in my kitchen. Watch out, it's addictive.

What you need:

  • 32 oz. Whole Milk Organic Greek Yogurt, organic even better (don’t buy it fat free or low fat)
  • Salt to taste
  • Cheese cloth or several paper towel sheets

What you have to do:

  1. In a deep container, add the yogurt, salt to taste and mix well using a large spoon. Try while you are trying to make sure you have enough salt.
  2. Sieve a strainer in a deep container. In that strainer, you put a double or triple sheet of cheese cloth or several sheets of paper towel, so that you put the yogurt, you can cover it and create it like a bag that does not open. Let stand for 8-10 hours overnight. If your kitchen has a nice cool temperature, leave it outside, otherwise take it to the refrigerator. If you have a cheese-making bag, leave it hanging from some handle in the kitchen to let it release all the serum. The more it drains, the better consistency it will have.
  3. In the morning, discard the liquid and serve the cheese on a plate. You are ready to enjoy it with bread and an olive oil drizzle.

If you want, add oregano, thyme or a pinch of garlic. You can enjoy it with tomato, smoked salmon or black olives. Keep it on a covered container in the refrigerator so you can enjoy it for several days.

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Doreen Colondres

Corporate and celebrity chef, best seller cookbook author and food and wine editor.

Doreen Colondres is a graduated chef and certified wine connoisseur. Cookbook author of “La Cocina No Muerde”. A tireless traveler, food and wine editor, food and wine ambassador, educator and consultant. She is internationally recognized for encouraging people to enjoy the time with spend in the kitchen. Her mission is to convince us that cooking is a heritage and a fun tradition that is relaxing, easy, romantic, but more importantly, healthy.

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