Ms. Jenny Benedict's Famous Cucumber Spread

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This cucumber finger sandwich filling was created by Jenny Benedict, a popular caterer in Louisville, KY way back when. Now, it is a Kentucky favorite and dang near a recipe you MUST have on the table for a Derby party. This is pretty for St. Patty's Day and is so much better than a plain ole cucumber slice on a piece of bread. Cook time is chill time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated onions
  • 14 cup mayonnaise (Miracle Whip does not work!)
  • 1 medium cucumber (the English variety works well)
  • 1 -3 drop green food coloring


  1. Peel and seed the cucumber: put in a food chopper and chop until very VERY VERY fine.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  3. Add food coloring to desired shade.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
Most Helpful

My mother-in-law is from Louisville and clipped this recipe from the newspaper. Hers is actually called Louisville Benedictine, but it is identical to this. Good stuff!

2bizzy September 15, 2005

I found this recipe while searching ideas for a Kentucky Derby party. Made this today, very tasty. I will be using it as a filling for tea sandwiches. One thing, it did not state if you should drain the cucumbers? I did because there was a lot of liquid. Seem to turn out well. Does anyone know for sure?

duncanlove May 03, 2014

I too remember this as Benedictine. My G-mother spread it on dark marble rye, corner cuts standing on the crust edge with pickles and olives, both black & green in the center fresh broccoli and carrot sticks trimmed the plates edge. My G-mother had style. Oh! yeah, rose cut radishes for color

markr71 January 27, 2012