Labneh is a tangy, smooth, and creamy cheese made by straining the whey out of yogurt until it reaches a rich and luxurious cream cheese consistency.

Not only is it a healthier alternative to cream cheese, but it's also budget-friendly and incredibly versatile.

Labneh yogurt cheese is perfect for serving as a part of a mezze platter, a snack, or as part of a delightful breakfast.

These are all you need for making this creamy labneh cheese. Click on 'learn more' for the full list of ingredients with measurements.

In a large bowl, combine the plain natural yogurt and salt. Take a cheesecloth, a nut milk bag, or a clean muslin cloth and fold it to create two layers.

Place the double layer of cheesecloth over a deep bowl, fine-mash sieve, or colander. Pour the yogurt mixture onto the center of the cloth.

Pour the yogurt mixture onto the center of the cloth. Gather the edges of the cloth and tie them together to create a pouch, enclosing the yogurt.

Hang the pouch over the bowl, fine mesh strainer, or colander, allowing it to drain the excess whey. Let the full-fat yogurt drain for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Once the draining process is complete, you'll have thick and creamy labneh yogurt cheese ready to be enjoyed!

Remove it from the cheesecloth and transfer it to a serving dish. Drizzle a generous amount of olive oil on top and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Use labneh as a spread on toast, bagels, Simit (Turkish Sesame Bagel), or crackers. Click on 'learn more' for the full recipe.