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By draining the liquid whey out of yogurt, you can make a "cheese" with the texture of soft cream cheese. Here it's turned into a savory spread with dried herbs. Avoid using regular yogurt containing additives like modified food starch, vegetable gums or gelatin; these thickeners inhibit the release of the whey. Serve this with crusty French bread or crackers.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 2020


Recipe Summary

25 mins
2 days 12 hrs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Line a colander or mesh strainer with two layers of cheesecloth and place in the sink. Pour in yogurt. After 15 minutes, transfer the colander to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

  • Gathering the edges of the cheesecloth together, squeeze out any remaining liquid.

  • Divide the yogurt cheese into 4 rounds, shaping patties with your hands. Place in a wide, shallow bowl. Combine oil, garlic, parsley, dill, basil, rosemary and thyme in a small bowl and pour over the cheese. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes; then cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate yogurt cheese (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 week.

Equipment: Cheesecloth

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce
41 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 3.1g; dietary fiber 0.1g; fat 2.2g; saturated fat 0.3g; cholesterol 0.9mg; vitamin a iu 53.6IU; vitamin c 1.1mg; folate 4.5mcg; calcium 59.1mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 6mg; potassium 77.8mg; sodium 80.1mg.