You know, I’ve been making variations of this type of “cheese”, (yogurt cheese) for as long as I can remember. Actually, even before I even tried Boursin type cheeses, I was making this cheese. Maybe I invented the Boursin style cheese! ……. yeah.. probably not. Regardless, this Lemon Dill Yogurt Cheese has that same texture, it’s creamy and spreadable, and PERFECT on your morning toast!
LEMON DILL YOGURT CHEESE
Yogurt cheese is just another fantastic way to get some tangy dairy yogurt into your gorgeous bod. And you know, all those healthy probiotics that are in yogurt are also transferred into the yogurt cheese. So not only is it super delicious, it’s really good for your body as well! Win-Win!
I actually love making cheese. I’ve made a really simple, stove top, cottage/ricotta type cheese that I just call a Simple Cheese (cuz it’s so simple), made from store bought cows milk. And I’ve also made a feta cheese which was amazingly delicious, and would you believe I’ve even made cheese in a slow cooker?!?!?! Believe it! (I just haven’t posted it yet!! But stay tuned for that!!)
WHAT IS YOGURT CHEESE?
If you’ve not had yogurt cheese before, please give it a go! Technically, it’s also known as Labneh, a middle eastern type “cheese”. At the end of the day, what we are making here is a yogurt cheese that is basically a greek or thick yogurt, separated from the liquids (whey) that are contained in the yogurt, and thickens to a soft cream cheese texture. What’s great about this is that it still keeps its tanginess in the cheese, and if you add other flavors that go well with it, this cheese is a superstar among spreadable cheeses!
And one of the best parts of this cheese? It’s INSANELY easy to make!!!
WHAT IS WHEY?
Whey is the liquid-y byproduct that drips and separates from the solids of the yogurt (or rich cream when making other cheeses). In basic terms, it’s a protein that can be used in other applications such as baking muffins, cupcakes, and bread. Also, it’s the same sort of thing (but in less concentrated form) as a whey protein powder that bodybuilders take. So, while you can simply drain it down the sink after the cheese has finished dripping, you can also use it to replace the water or milk in any of the baking recipes you have for extra protein.
WHAT FLAVORS CAN YOU MIX IN YOGURT CHEESE?
Wow.. honestly, the list can go on and on here. But some really great flavor combinations could be:
- Roasted garlic and onion
- Lemon Thyme
- Rosemary Blue Cheese (adding blue cheese to the yogurt cheese and fresh chopped rosemary)
- Citrus and honey
- Adding any fresh berries with honey
WHAT CAN I SERVE THIS GREEK YOGURT CHEESE ON?
Loads of things, my dear!!
- veggie sticks
- toast soldiers
- regular toast
- potato chips
- apple slices (sweet flavored cheese)
- sweet potato toast
- baked potatoes (replacing sour cream)
- etc etc etc
SO HOW DO I MAKE YOGURT CHEESE THEN?
Ok, let’s get on with it!
You will need:
greek yogurt – try and find the highest milk fat content you can. It will result in a much better flavor for your cheese.
rubber band or string
whatever ingredients you’ve decided to use to add to the cheese.
You will line the fine mesh strainer with the cheesecloth. Put the strainer over the bowl.
Place the cheesecloth over the strainer, letting the ends overlap on the ends
Scoop the yogurt into the strainer, over the cheesecloth
Wrap the ends of the cheesecloth over the top and either tie in a knot, or use a rubber band/piece of string to close the cheesecloth over the yogurt.
Let the yogurt strain for about 12 hours or overnight.
Unwrap the cheesecloth, and the texture of the yogurt should be very creamy and resemble almost a boursin type cheese texture. Place the yogurt cheese into a bowl.
At this point, you can simply salt (and pepper) if you like, and move on from there. But I highly recommend adding whatever flavor combinations that strikes your fancy!
Add your mix-ins, and then cover and let it refrigerate for another few hours, just to let the flavors mingle and become friends. This is an option, but ohhhh so worth it!
After that, the yogurt cheese is ready to go!
As you can see, today’s recipe with the cheese was a Lemon Dill mix in, and I ended up spreading it on some french loaf toast, and then adding salt and pepper, and sliced cherry tomatoes. OH MY GOSH, it was incredibly good!!!
As you can imagine, there really is an endless amount of ideas on how to use (and flavor) this yogurt cheese!!! Next time I make it, I’m going to try and make a fruity type yogurt cheese! I think it will be super delicious!
Keep an eye out for some different ideas on this yogurt cheese, and when you make it, please comment below and let me know what flavors you used!!! Thanks so much for stopping by The Salty Pot today!!
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- 3 cups greek yogurt
- zest and juice of one lemon
- as desired fresh dill, chopped. (I used 2-3 tbsp)
- as desired salt and pepper
- Cover the mesh strainer with the cheesecloth, leaving the sides and long edges draped over the edges of the strainer.
- Place the strainer over a bowl
- Transfer the yogurt into the strainer to let the whey separate from the yogurt solids.
- Lightly cover the yogurt with the ends of the cheesecloth and place in the refrigerator overnight or for 12 hours. (or until there is no more dripping of the whey at the bottom of the strainer.)
- Uncover the cheesecloth and place the yogurt cheese into a bowl.
- Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Cover and place back in the fridge to let the flavors mix.
- Serve and enjoy!