Inspired Appetizer Cheese Board

  • PrepTime: 20 Mins
  • CookTime: 0 Mins
  • TotalTime: 20 Mins

Ingredient

  1. Marinated labneh balls (recipe follows)
  2. Hummus (any flavor you like or a variety of flavors)
  3. Tahini sauce (recipe follows)
  4. Dates
  5. Dried Figs
  6. Pistachios (in or out of their shells)
  7. Toasted za'atar pita chips (recipe follows)
  8. Sweet cherry tomatoes
  9. English cucumber (seedless; thinly sliced)
  10. Pomegranate
  11. Honey
  12. Additional hard cheeses (as desired)
  13. For the Marinated Labneh Balls:
  14. 2 cups Greek-style yogurt (full-fat or 2%)
  15. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  16. 1/2 teaspoon Za'atar seasoning
  17. Olive oil plus an additional teaspoon of za'atar for marinade
  18. For the Tahini Sauce:
  19. 1/4 cup sesame paste (tahini)
  20. 1/4 cup water
  21. 1 clove garlic (peeled and finely minced)
  22. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  23. Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  24. For the Toasted Za'atar Pita Chips:
  25. 4 white pita rounds (can substitute whole wheat pita rounds)
  26. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  27. 1 tablespoon za'atar seasoning

Instruction

  1. Combine the Greek-style yogurt, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of za'atar.
  2. Scoop the mixture into cheesecloth and knot tightly. Place the cheesecloth bundle into a mesh strainer over a bowl. Leave on the counter, at room temperature for about 1 hour, drain the liquid that forms in the bowl and then refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours. The longer you refrigerate, the firmer the labneh cheese will be.
  3. When ready, remove the strained yogurt from the cheesecloth and form 1-ounce balls with your hands or a cookie scoop. Place the cheese balls in a jar and fill with olive oil and the additional teaspoon of za'atar. Refrigerate at least overnight.
  4. Slice each pita into 8 triangles by cutting in half, then half again to get 4 quarters. Then cut each quarter into two.
  5. Combine the olive oil and za'atar in a small bowl and brush both sides of each pita triangle lightly.
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a pre-heated 400 F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pita chips are a light golden brown.
  7. Whisk together the sesame paste, water, minced garlic and lemon juice until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Pour the tahini sauce and hummus into individual dishes and place on or near your serving board.
  9. Scatter around the pita chips, nuts, dried fruit, vegetables, pomegranate quarters, honey, marinated labneh balls and any other cheese you are serving.
  10. Provide guests with napkins and small knives for spreading the cheese balls on their pita.