Yogurt Cheese with Zaatar Recipe

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Yogurt Cheese with Zaatar

From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. Middle Eastern sumac is a wonderful flavor addition and can be used instead of lemon juice to bring out the best flavors in foods without adding acidity. This sumac is available in Middle Eastern markets and is not poisonous. The poisonous weed growing along our roadsides is a distant cousin and should not be touched nor consumed. I get the edible powdered sumac at The International Market on Lighthouse in New Monterey. Sprinkle it over meats, chicken dishes, and vegetables for added flavor.

1-2 cups natural unflavored yogurt
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon sumac (available in Middle Eastern markets)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
flat bread or crackers, as desired, for dipping and spreading

Line a small colander or mesh strainer with cheese cloth and place over a bowl. Add the yogurt and allow to drain, refrigerated, for several hours or overnight. Discard the liquid. To the yogurt cheese, blend in the sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram, sumac and oil. Serve as a dip or a spread.

Recipe created 2009-07-07.

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