Labneh is a soft cheese made from yoghurt, popular throughout the Middle East. You can buy it ready-made, but it's easy to make at home with your favourite plain yoghurt. For a deliciously simple snack, serve the labneh drizzled with olive oil and dusted with za'atar alongside pitta bread for dipping.
You can omit the olive oil and simply drizzle it over the labneh just before serving, if liked.
No cheesecloth or muslin? You could also use coffee filters or even a fine tea towel or kitchen paper.
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. - 20 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
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. - 30 May 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
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. - 25 May 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)