This is an old-world recipe. It is really just drained, salted yoghurt, very easy to make and very easy to preserve. I guarantee that once you have made these and tasted how delicious they are, they will become a staple in your home.
- 6 cups Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons salt
- In a large bowl stir the salt into the yoghurt.
- Spoon the yoghurt in the center of a piece of doubled cheesecloth or soft cotton fabric (preferably undyed and immaculately clean).
- Pull corners up and tie tightly.
- Suspend from a stationary object over a bowl (to catch liquid).
- Let this hang overnight or about 12 hours.
- When well drained it will be the consistency of cottage cheese.
- Remove from the cloth.
- Store covered in the refrigerator until needed.
- You can mix in fresh or dried herbs, minced garlic, pepper flakes, anything you would use to make an herbed cheese.
- Or you could drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and some cumin and dip pita crisps into it-- The sky's the limit really- so many uses!
- To make Yoghurt Cheese Balls (Labneh Makbus) (a great little appetizer!), drain the yoghurt for 10-12 hours longer.
- Take about one tablespoon at a time and roll it into smooth, round balls and place on a tray.
- Chill until firm.
- This will take several hours.
- After they are firm and slightly dried out, place in a sterile, air tight jar, cover with olive oil.
- Seal the jar and store at room temperature.
- The labneh will keep this way for several months but you will have eaten them all up long before that!
- Enjoy Labneh Makbus cut into halves, drizzled with olive oil and eaten with olives and fresh pita bread.