Best Benedictine Spread

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This Louisville staple is an easy and refreshing cucumber spread or dip and can be served with almost anything you could imagine. Dipping club crackers or pita and French bread toast points are favorites, but carrot sticks and pretzels are great too. We use it for cucumber sandwiches, spread it onto our BLTs, and use it as a sauce on poached salmon. You can serve it immediately or refrigerate it to firm up and let the flavors meld.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 English cucumbers - peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch chunks

  • 2 tablespoons minced white onion

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ teaspoon dried dill

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®), or to taste

  • 1 drop green food coloring, or as needed (Optional)

  • cayenne pepper, or to taste

Directions

  1. Process cucumber chunks in a food processor until finely chopped. Put chopped cucumber and white onion in a piece of cheesecloth and twist to squeeze into a bowl as much liquid as possible from the vegetables, reserving the liquid.

  2. Assure the food processor bowl is dry before returning cucumber and onion mixture to the food processor. Add cream cheese, dill, hot pepper sauce, green food coloring, and cayenne pepper. Process the mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor bowl a few times to make sure everything is integrated. If too thick, add reserved liquid a teaspoon at a time.

Cook's Note:

If you use the green variety of Tabasco(R), you may be able to skip the green food coloring.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
8g Fat
2g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 91mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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