High Protein Snack – The Labneh Cheese Balls Recipe

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Labneh Cheese Balls dipped in flavoured oil, high protein snack
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If you’re looking for a low-carb appetiser or high protein snack, Labneh Cheese Balls are the way to go. Serve as a dip or a low-carb dip in a lettuce wrap or sandwich with your favourite vegetables.

Advantages of this high protein snack & its nutritional values:

  • Low carbs: Just 7 carbohydrates per portion.
  • High protein: One portion of protein packs 14 grams.
  • Vegetarian. It’s a perfect vegetarian snack served with vegetables.
  • Good for the body: Packed with oil and herbs taste.

Ingredients:

For the oil (flavoured) preparation

  • Olive oil 1/2 cup (108 g) (enough to cover the yoghurt balls).
  • Garlic, scratched (peeled) and broken – 6 cloves needed.
  • 2 Dried Red Chilis.

For preparing the Yoghurt (Labneh) for the cheese balls

  • 4 cups/(800 g) of Greek Yogurt – Full Fat (Labneh).
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt (coarse-grained/rock-salt). 
  • 3 tablespoon dill (dill is a herb, also known as Sholpa)
  • 3 tablespoon chopped mint.

Flavored Oil Preparation Instructions

Pour the olive oil into a clean 500ml jar, add the garlic and chilis into it (do not mix with yoghurt now). Let it sit for 2-3 days as the yoghurt drains perfectly over the time.

For the preparation of Yoghurt (Labneh)

  • Place Greek yoghurt in a strainer and set aside in the refrigerator for 2-3 days to drain.
  • When ready, chop the mint and dill, combine together, and spread on a tray/plate.
  • Remove the yoghurt from the strainer and combine it with 1 teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Make tiny balls out of the yoghurt. Roll the balls in the dill and mint mince.
  • Toss each ball into the flavoured oil jar.
  • If necessary, add more oil. The yoghurt balls should be fully immersed in the oil to ensure that they are preserved and not exposed to air.

Suggestions for serving

  • When ready to serve, carefully remove 1-2 balls and put them in a bowl or plate.
  • Serve with raw vegetables, crackers, pita bread (Kuboos/Arabic bread).

We cannot assure you its 100% nutritional benefits of this snack, but for this recipe, high protein value can be assured and also carbs are at a minimal level. Somehow it varies on how much oil you rub on your cheese balls.

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