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Dehydrated yogurt spread -makes a great maze.

With dukkah in your freezer and some store-bought labne, this meze can come together in minutes. Labne is yogurt cheese. Yogurt contains a lot of water, and when you strain the water off, the yogurt becomes thick like ricotta cheese. You can buy labne at most Middle Eastern grocery stores, or you can make it yourself by mixing whole milk Greek yogurt with a little salt to taste and straining overnight in a colander lined with cheesecloth.
Dukkah is an Egyptian condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices. It is
typically used as a dip with bread or fresh vegetables. The word is derived from Arabic for "to pound," since the mixture of spices and nuts are pounded together after being dry roasted to a texture that is neither powdered nor paste-like. The composition of the spice mix can vary from family to family, and vendor to vendor.


  •  1½ cups labne

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon dukkah (see Spice Mix recipe)

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Season the labne with salt to taste. In a serving bowl, top the labne with the dukkah and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Add a good drizzle of olive oil and serve.

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