Benedictine, a Louisville, Kentucky, signature dish, is cream cheese mixed with chopped green onions, mayonnaise and green food coloring. Usually lots of food coloring — enough that the finished product sometimes looks like something the family Frankenstein might offer as an hors d’oeuvre. It is a hostess food, rarely found on restaurant menus but frequently used in dainty crustless sandwiches or, in a much heartier configuration, as co-star in a Benedictine and bacon or ham sandwich. (The photo is Benedictine and ham at Star Hill Provisions.)
1/2 cucumber, peeled, grated and drained of moisture
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1-2 drops green food coloring
Mix cucumber, onion, cream cheese, and mayonnaise. Add food coloring, drop by drop, mixing each time to gauge the color.