Labne (Yogurt Cheese)

Add Middle Eastern touch to your picnic with Silvana Franco's simple recipe for a tasty, home-made yogurt cheese
Labne (Yogurt Cheese)
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  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus overnight draining
  • Effort: easy



  • 500 g Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chives, thinly snipped


1. In a bowl, stir together the yogurt, salt, garlic, parsley and chives.

2. Line a colander or large sieve with a muslin cloth and spoon in the mixture. Tie the top with a piece of string and hang from a horizontal wooden spoon or doorknob making sure to place a bowl underneath to catch the drips. Leave overnight in a cool place and by morning it will have firmed up into a ball of soft cheese that's perfect for spreading or dipping into.

3. Put the ball, still in its cloth, into a plastic bag and pack into a cool bag. Take on your picnic along with the bruschetta and crudités. Remember to take a pair of scissors along to snip the string.

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