If you are short on time, you can purchase labneh from well-stocked grocery stores and Middle Eastern markets, but making your own is as simple as straining yogurt and lemon juice overnight in the refrigerator. The tangy sauce is a perfect foil for these garlicky, crispy fried artichokes.

Adeena Sussman
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019


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Instructions Checklist
  • Line a 7-inch or larger fine-mesh sieve with four layers of cheesecloth. Set over a bowl deep enough to leave at least 3 inches between the bottom of the sieve and the bowl. Whisk yogurt and lemon juice in a large bowl; scrape into the cheesecloth. Refrigerate until the yogurt is quite thick and at least 1 cup of liquid has drained into the bowl, 12 to 24 hours. (Discard the liquid.) Transfer the labneh to a medium bowl and stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  • Shortly before serving, pour oil into a large saucepan and clip on a candy thermometer. Heat over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F. Working in 3 batches, fry artichokes until crispy and golden, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer the artichokes to a paper-towel-lined plate. Return the oil to 350 degrees F between batches.

  • Toss the artichokes in a medium bowl with parsley, garlic and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  • Spread the labneh on a serving platter and top with the crispy artichokes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate labneh (Step 1) for up to 1 week.

Equipment: Cheesecloth, candy thermometer

Nutrition Facts

323.3 calories; protein 10.2g 21% DV; carbohydrates 13.3g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.3g 13% DV; sugars 3.1g; fat 26.3g 40% DV; saturated fat 3.5g 18% DV; cholesterol 9.9mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 820.8IU 16% DV; vitamin c 19.7mg 33% DV; folate 13mcg 3% DV; calcium 88.9mg 9% DV; iron 0.4mg 2% DV; magnesium 12mg 4% DV; potassium 150.5mg 4% DV; sodium 558.1mg 22% DV.