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Benedictine Spread

Benedictine Spread! This Kentucky Derby classic is a cool, creamy spread used for tea sandwiches or served with pumpernickel toasts. It can also be thinned out with extra some sour cream or mayo to form a dipping consistency for crudites, chips, or crackers.
Prep Time20 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • 1 large English cucumber peeled, halved, seeded and grated
  • ¼ cup medium white onion grated
  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream {or Greek yogurt}
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce or regular hot sauce
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Place grated cucumber and onion in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Press down to drain of excess water. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let sit for 15 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator, pressing every so often to drain. {Alternatively, you can place the grated mixture in the center of a clean kitchen towel and twist to wring out as much water as possible.} Discard liquid.
  • In the bowl of a mixer {or in a regular bowl with a wooden spoon}, combine drained cucumber, onion, cream cheese, sour cream and Tabasco. Beat until well combined.
  • Taste and add salt to your liking. {Start with less & work your way up.}
  • Scoop into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight if desired.
  • Serve with pumpernickel toasts, veggies, or crackers.


  • Benedictine usually calls for peeled cucumber, but I forgot to peel mine before grating. With English cucumbers, peeling is optional since they typically come wrapped, without a waxy coating, and have a thinner skin.
  • I grate my veggies & cheeses using my food processor grating disk, but you can do it by hand using a box grater as well. {But who would want to?}
  • Using Green Jalapeno Tabasco Sauce will help achieve that green tint that Benedictine is known for. I prefer this to using food coloring, but if you want to use a drop of green food coloring, go for it. This one is made without artificial colorants.
Make it Vegan:
Simply swap out the cream cheese and sour cream with a vegan version such as Tofutti, Forager, or Follow Your Heart. Everything else can stay the same!