Benedictine Spread or Dip

This light-green cucumber spread is a Kentucky tradition, named for Jennie Benedict, who ran a tearoom in Louisville, Kentucky, in the early 1900s. To make sandwiches, spread bread slices with mayonnaise, then a layer of Benedictine. To use as a dip for vegetables, stir in a little heavy cream or sour cream to thin slightly.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • ½ small onion, peeled
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 2 drops green food coloring


  • Grate cucumber and onion into a colander; drain well, pressing to remove all excess moisture.
  • Blend cream cheese and mayonnaise with a mixer or food processor; add salt and grated cucumber and onion. Stir in green food coloring.