Benedictine Dip Recipe for Kentucky Derby Day Parties

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Are you looking for a Benedictine dip recipe? For those of you who will be watching the Kentucky Derby, this is an absolute must.   If you’re wondering how this cucumber dip recipe came to be known as Benedictine dip, I’ll explain a bit about the Benedictine dip history below.

Benedictine Dip

Benedictine dip or spread was first made in the early 1900s. It was originally used as a spread for sandwiches but has also been used as a dip. Jennie Carter Benedict was a restaurant owner and caterer in Louisville, Kentucky and created this recipe. The Blue Ribbon Cookbook featured her original recipe in 1922. If you remember stories of genteel ladies enjoying cucumber spread sandwiches, it’s entirely possible that this Benedictine dip recipe was used when they were made.

Since Kentucky Derby parties were quite popular at that time, this recipe was frequently served at parties that Miss Jennie catered. This Benedictine recipe is a traditional Kentucky Derby Day recipe that is still enjoyed today. Don’t forget to check out these Kentucky Derby Day Mocktails.

Benedictine dip recipe

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Benedictine Dip Recipe

Are you looking for a Benedictine dip recipe? For those of you who will be watching the Kentucky Derby, this is an absolute must.

15 minPrep Time

1 minCook Time

16 minTotal Time

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  • 1 large cucumber
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Fresh Dill (optional)
  • dash green food coloring


  1. Peel the cucumber and grate. Then drain any water out of it. Add it and all of the other ingredients to food processor and pulse to mix.



1127 cal


88 g


57 g


19 g
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Cucumber Spread Sandwiches

If you’d like to try serving cucumber spread sandwiches, they are very simple to make.

  1. Cut the crusts off slices of white bread.
  2. Peel a cucumber and cut it into slices.
  3. Place the cucumber slices between two paper towels to remove moisture.
  4. Spread the Benedictine dip onto each slice of bread.
  5. Place a layer of cucumber slices onto the dip.
  6. Cover with another piece of bread (with dip on it).
  7. You will have two pieces of bread with Benedictine spread/dip on it and cucumbers in the middle.
  8. Cut into squares.

This homemade Benedictine recipe is absolutely amazing.  It’s a light dip that I enjoy with pita chips.  My husband prefers potato chips. You could use fresh pita’s or use it as a spread on sandwiches if you would prefer.

If you’re planning on having a Kentucky Derby Day Party, you may also want to serve deviled eggs, ice cold lemonade with stevia, and sweet iced tea. Or you may want to try the chocolate pecan pie recipe in the video above.

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