Labneh is a type of yogurt that is strained to remove the whey, resulting in a thick, creamy, and tangy cheese-like product that is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. Smooth creamy labneh is a variation of labneh that has a rich and velvety texture. It is typically made by mixing labneh with olive oil and herbs or spices like za’atar, sumac, or mint.
To make smooth creamy labneh, you can start by making labneh from scratch by straining plain yogurt overnight through a cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve. Once you have the labneh, you can mix it with olive oil, salt, and your desired herbs or spices. The result is a delicious dip that can be served with pita bread, crackers, or vegetables, or used as a spread on sandwiches or toast. It’s also a great addition to salads or roasted vegetables for an extra boost of flavor.