This Benedictine spread with cucumber can be used as a dip or a sandwich and canape topping. It was created by Jennie Carter Benedict, a cookbook author, caterer, and restaurateur. She operated a Louisville restaurant and tea room, Benedict's, in the early 20th century. In addition, Miss Benedict was the editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal's household section for a time.
It's a simple combination of cucumber, onion, cream cheese, and simple seasonings, and it is an excellent appetizer to serve a Kentucky Derby gathering. Serve it along with crackers or vegetables as a dip, or use it as a spread for tea sandwiches. If too thick, add a small amount of cream or sour cream, or add some extra grated cucumber.
For the green color, some versions include spinach or parsley, while others use green food coloring. The original recipe uses 3 tablespoons of cucumber juice and 1 tablespoon of onion juice instead of grated cucumber and onion, and it includes a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
- 2 tablespoons grated onion (sweet or yellow)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- Optional: dash green food coloring
Gather the ingredients.
Peel the cucumber; cut it in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
Grate the cucumber coarsely or chop it.
Put the grated cucumber in a blender container or the bowl of a food processor with the cream cheese, grated onion, salt, pepper, and mayonnaise.
Pulse or blend the mixture until smooth. Alternatively, mix the ingredients with an electric mixer. If using an electric mixer, the benedictine will not be as smooth.
If desired, add a drop or two of green food coloring and mix until well blended.
Transfer the Benedictine to a bowl and serve it as a dip with vegetables or crackers or use it as a sandwich spread.
- Benedictine can be used as a spread for sandwiches or canapes, or thin it with some sour cream for a delicious dip.
- Flavor the dip with about 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh dill.
- Use minced green onions instead of sweet or yellow onions.
- Add a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of ground cayenne pepper.
- Add a few tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley or spinach to the food processor or blender along with the cream cheese and cucumber.