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.
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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