THANKS TO LOUISVILLE CATERER, RESTAURATEUR AND COOKBOOK AUTHOR JENNIE BENEDICT, A CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE SPREAD, KNOWN FOR ITS CATCHY GREEN COLOR, HAS BECOME A FAMOUS KENTUCKY CULINARY FAVORITE.
Say “Benedictine” to any Louisvillian and their thoughts will turn to a snack, not a beverage.
Miss Jennie Benedict invented her savory spread in a one-room kitchen in the family backyard around the turn of the 20th century and famously served it to Louisville high society and workers alike earning it her namesake years later.
Now the scrumptious spread and finger sandwich filling is a menu must-have for any Kentucky host worth their salt. It’s almost a guarantee that it will be served at baby and bridal showers in the Bluegrass, as well as Derby parties and spring luncheons.
And, be sure and add some oomph to your St. Patrick’s Day party by offering the conversational green condiment!
In addition to being prepared on tiny tea sandwiches, Benedictine is popular as a dip for chips and crackers, and for filling potatoes.
You can pick up a container of it at several local spots, including Paul’s Fruit Market, Nancy’s Bagel Grounds, Nord’s Bakery and The Cheddar Box, who all usually have it handy. You can also find the spread on sandwiches, like the Benedictine and Bacon sandwich at Lilly’s, and on the menu seasonally at a slew of local restaurants.
Jennie Benedict’s Benedictine:
8 ounces of cream cheese softened
3 tablespoons cucumber juice
1 tablespoon onion juice
1 teaspoon salt
A few grains of cayenne pepper
2 drops green food coloring
To get the cucumber juice, peel and grate a cucumber. Then wrap with a clean dish towel and squeeze juice into a dish. Discard pulp. Do the same for the onion. Mix all ingredients with a fork until well blended. Using a blender will make the spread too runny. Serve as a dip or a sandwich filling.
956 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
123 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 708-2488 Try the "Pub Grub" edition of Oshea's Benedictine Dip or if you're in the mood for a sandwich, check out the Benedictine BLT.
Crescent Hill Craft House
2636 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 895-9400 Try the Benedictine that's part of the Backwoods Trio app alongside Pimento Cheese and Ham Salad.
The Cheddar Box Too
3909 Chenoweth Sq
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 893-2324 Try the Turkey Bacon Benedictine sandwich.
11609 Main St
Louisville, KY 40243
502-244-9497 Save room for homemade pie after your Benedictine sandwich at this cozy Middletown spot.
2228 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 458-1668 Grab a sandwich or pint to go or sit with the neighborhood regulars at the one and only table.
Finns Southern Kitchen
1318 McHenry Street
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 708-2984 Comes on an appetizer platter with other KY favorites: Benedictine and Country Ham Salad.
1001 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204 Louisville’s only Beer & Breakfast.
3801 Willis Ave
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-2630 Get the Benny & Bacon sandwich at this charming St. Matthews Cafe for lunch or dinner.
Nancy's Bagel Grounds
2101 Frankfort Avenue
(502) 895-8323 Try a smear of benedictine on an Everything Bagel at this favorite Clifton coffee shop.
Paul’s Fruit Market
4946 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY. 40222
For addiitonal locations, refer to website. A Louisville favorite to pick up a pint to go.