Thanks Chris, I think there’s a lot of possibilities. Nigella seeds ~ a smokey/oniony black seed that look like black sesame seeds, you can find them here. What a wonderful, enticing appetizer these would be! I can attest, Lisa, these are such fun and very tasty. Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~ homemade labneh, or yogurt cheese rolled in colorful herbs and spices. Love all the different coatings…really amazing! They look fun, colorful and beautiful! They are such a great party food! My mission? Serve with a fresh sliced baguette, then let everyone have fun choosing their favorites and spreading them onto the bread...it's the perfect way to get your next party started! You’ll love making the cheese Elaine, it’s practically effortless. I love the variety but I think this would work just as well with one type of coating, if you have a favorite. ~ The View from Great Island is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty ~ you’re going need fresh made labneh balls (here’s the recipe for labneh from my earlier post)  and you’re simply going to roll them in different herbs and spices to coat them. I even surprised myself today, and that’s hard to do after all these years of food blogging. These look just gorgeous. This is a gorgeous jewel box of goodness, to be sure! But you don’t have to, Greek will work, and low fat will work too. You just drain plain yogurt until it becomes thick and spreadable. Amazon Associates is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I love the colors of the coatings. Sumac ~ one of my favorite Middle Eastern spices, it’s a deep crimson and has a tangy citrusy flavor, find it here. I don’t know how you make everything look so beautiful – and these little balls of Labneh are fantastic. The cheese spreads beautifully, and each ball is perfectly sized for a single serving. Aleppo pepper, a bright red zesty Syrian pepper, you can find it here. Best used within 24 hours, but the plain cheese will last a week or so. There are so many possibilities, and what a beautiful presentation for a party! Enjoy labneh, a thick, tangy Middle Eastern yogurt, seasoned simply with crushed red pepper, black pepper and garlic, then topped with some herbs and a drizzle … I’d love to do a beautiful cheese plate and scatter them around. Love beautiful food. Wow! I highly recommend trying them, they’re not only fun to make and pretty to look at, but when you spread them on good crusty bread they’re absolutely delicious. A few of my coatings might not be available in your regular grocery store, so I suggest a gourmet store, or buying them online. These are so pretty Sue! Eat it as a dip, use it as a spread, or roll it into balls and marinated in oil. So creative and beautiful! What a wonderful lunch they make. Serve the cheese with fresh crusty bread or crackers. Serve as a healthy appetizer with bread, or on salads. To make the labneh, line a sieve with a piece of muslin. This is a totally new concept for me, and I Love it! © 2020 The View From Great Island. To store, put the cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Home » Appetizer » Jewel Box Labneh Balls. God bless the bloggers who so generously share! I love trying out new ingredients and techniques, reinventing the classics, and hunting down the next great flavor. Za’atar ~ a Middle Eastern spice blend (also the name of a specific thyme-like herb) that you can find here. The choice of coatings is up to you, but I think the more varied the better. The only kind that doesn’t work as well is a very runny, thin yogurt. They’d be wonderful to tuck in a lunch box too – I would look forward to that all morning! Serving couldn’t be simpler…set our a bowl of the labneh balls, and some great bread, then let everyone have fun hunting for their favorites. this wins recipe of the day for me! I chose to use a mix of common spices and more exotic ones, everything from dill and chili flakes to sumac and lavender. Today we’re making Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~ these little gems are made with homemade yogurt cheese rolled in colorful herbs and spices. One shared inspirational pin deserves another. I want to just grab one and gobble it up. The View from Great Island is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. I’m turning those silky little balls of yogurt cheese into a truly spectacular appetizer. You can also serve the balls as a part of a cheese or mezze platter, or on top of a salad. These are gorgeous gems Sue! To get you fired up about good food! Serve with a fresh sliced baguette, then let everyone have fun choosing their favorites and spreading them onto the bread…it’s the perfect way to get your next party started! Privacy Policy. The kitchen is my happy place where I play with fabulous ingredients that nourish the body and soul. Lavender ~ also specifically culinary grade, here. I really can’t wait to wow my guests with this one. Let me call out at the top of this post that these are really REALLY good. Hopping over to check your labneh recipe! Recently I posted How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese.) If you love to eat, you’ve come to the right place because I dish it up fast and fresh here at TVFGI. I cannot wait to make these – I need to plan a party! Homemade labneh is a healthy fresh cheese that’s beloved all over the Middle East, from Iraq to Israel. I especially loved your cheese balls as I am planning a milestone birthday party and will also be serving up these spectacular ‘rainbow’ dips found online https://www.foodiesofsa.com/bean-dips-4-ways. I absolutely LOVE this idea and, as I live in Israel, I can just pop across to any supermarket and buy ready made labneh balls to roll in different spices. Wow, how clever! These jewel box labneh balls are such a great idea for host gifts…instead of a bottle of wine bring along a little container of these gems, you’ll get invited back, for sure! I love this idea, so fun and so very pretty! In that post I promised you a very special Part 2, and now I’m delivering! https://www.themediterraneandish.com/homemade-labneh-recipe Sue they look absolutely beautiful. Rose petals ~ this is a culinary grade and you can find them here. I used regular yogurt, full fat. Place the sieve over a small bowl in which to catch the whey. The herbs and spices will stick to the cheese more easily. Great comment Lisa, love the rainbow dips, I’ve got more than a few post-it notes leading me in that direction. Amazon Associates is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Easy Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Congyoubing), https://www.foodiesofsa.com/bean-dips-4-ways. You probably have several of these already in your spice cabinet, and you may want to purchase a few more if you get turned on by this idea like I did. I need to make labneh balls so I can make your delicious recipe. There are plenty of labneh recipe ideas available as well as many different options for how to eat labneh. If the coatings don't adhere well, lightly coat your hands in olive oil and roll the cheese between your palms to leave a thin film of oil behind. Check the seasoning and serve with seeded labneh. What a great idea for an appetizer. Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~ these little gems are made with homemade yogurt cheese rolled in colorful herbs and spices. They’re little conversation starters, for sure . Enjoy the same thrill of discovery I felt when I stumbled across both your cheeseballs and this dip idea.