For the yogurt cheese:
- Goat Milk Yogurt – Tangy goat milk yogurt makes an excellent creamy cheese that pairs well with any herbs or spices you add to it.
- Kosher Sea Salt – Salt helps to flavor the cheese and helps to draw out excess moisture in the yogurt.
For the Za’atar:
You’ll need the following seasonings and spices to make a homemade za’atar blend. These seasonings get toasted in a dry skillet over low heat for one minute until fragrant.
- Dried Thyme
- Toasted Sesame Seeds
- Aleppo Pepper
- Salt & Pepper
- Mix the yogurt and salt: In a mixing bowl, mix the salt in with the goat yogurt until well combined.
- Secure the yogurt: Pour the yogurt mixture into a nut milk bag, kitchen towel, or triple-layered cheesecloth, then secure with a rubber band.
- Strain the cheese: Place the wrapped yogurt on top of a strainer and place the strainer in a deep bowl to collect the excess moisture. Place the yogurt bowl in the fridge to strain for 24-48 hours. There should be 2 cups of liquid at the bottom of the bowl.
- Season the cheese: Once the cheese is fully strained, remove it from the cloth and add it to a bowl. Stir in any spices or seasonings or top with homemade za’atar.