Simple herb cheese spread.

Last week, I posted about discovering labneh, the Middle Eastern yogurt cheese. This stuff is fantastic, and it’s incredibly versatile. I mixed labneh with dried vegetable flakes, a splash of wine and some seasoned salt into a great spread for crackers. Then I went on to adapt a favorite herbed cheese recipe using this tangy ingredient.

fresh herb cheese spread

1 cup (8 ounces) labneh, or Middle Eastern yogurt cheese
3 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. minced fresh chives
2 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan
salt and pepper

Mix everything together in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. I used about a quarter teaspoon of my favorite seasoned salt, Jane’s Crazy Mixed-up Salt.

This fresh herb cheese spread is great on hearty, whole-grain crackers. It would also be good on a vegetable sandwich made with whole-grain bread, fresh sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

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