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What's Cooking? Cucumber Tea Sandwiches 

              also known as Benedictine Spread

The story goes that “This delicious spread was the brain-child of Miss Jennie Benedict, a beloved Louisville cateress of a generation ago. It is still a favorite at local cocktail parties and weddings.” The recipe also says….”Last of all, add the green coloring – just enough to give a faint green tinge, for too much will look unappetizing.”


Cucumber Tea Sandwiches 


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and grated
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Drop of green food coloring


Drain the cucumber in a colander for a few minutes, then dry it on some paper towels.  Drain and dry the onions the same way.  Toss everything in a big bowl and mix until well combined.  Cover with plastic and stick in the fridge until ready to serve. 

You can serve on bread as tea sandwiches or make into a ball and serve with crackers as a dip.

You can also add a bit of Tabasco for a kick and add bacon crumbles to the sandwiches.

Benedictine Sandwiches are a favorite to serve at Kentucky Derby parties!

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