According to Derby lore and my good friend Traci Badenhausen, you cannot NOT have Benedictine on your menu for Derby parties in Kentucky. She's provided the original recipe from Louisville caterer and cookbook author Jennie Benedict, who made it famous years ago. It is so famous, it has its own Wikipedia page and a Pinterest board! Her first cookbook, Blue Ribbon Cooking, was published in 1902 and while it did not originally have the recipe for Benedictine, it now does, according to Wikipedia. Used for cucumber tea sandwiches or as a spread for other sandwiches, you can use it for a veggie dip, too.
JENNIE BENEDICT'S FAMOUS BENEDICTINE SPREAD
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon salt
A few grains of cayenne pepper
2 drops green food coloring (optional, but a local favorite)
Peel and grate the cucumber, then wrap it in a clean dish towel and squeeze the juice into a dish. Discard the pulp. Peel and grate the onion, then wrap it in a clean dish towel and squeeze the juice into a dish. Discard the pulp. (Use a juicer if you prefer)
Combine three tablespoons of the cucumber juice, one tablespoon of the onion juice, cream cheese, salt, pepper and food coloring in a bowl. Mix with a fork until well blended. Serve as a dip or as a sandwich filling.