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Benedictine Cheese Ball

This Benedictine Cheese Ball is a riff on the traditional cucumber dill spread that is eaten all over Kentucky, especially at the Derby. Add this to your Derby Day Party Menu!

Serve it along with Pimento Cheese Straws, Buttery Roasted Pecans, Derby Pie Bites, and wash it down with a Blackberry Coconut Splash!

cheese ball covered with herbs surrounded with crackers

What is Benedictine spread?

If you have ever taken a trip through the south and had the opportunity to attend a party thrown by traditional southern ladies, then you have had the pleasure of eating this spread.

Most likely between two tiny pieces of bread in a perfectly shaped finger sandwich.

The genius of this cucumber cream cheese spread is that it is simple to make, has a fresh taste, and goes great with everything!

Benedictine spread always makes an appearance at baby showers, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, Mother’s Day and Easter brunches, and always at a Kentucky Derby party.

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hand holding cracker with cheese spread on it

Ingredients Needed

The original recipe for Benedictine is simple.

  • cream cheese
  • cucumber (although one recipe just used cucumber juice)
  • onion
  • mayo
  • salt
  • a touch of green food coloring. Not sure why people feel the need to tint foods unnatural colors, but whatever.

I embrace all these ingredients, but I think it can be so much better with some additional ingredients added to it.

  • A little pepper to go with the salt
  • some fresh chopped herbs like parsley and dill
  • and a shot or two of hot sauce

And why not make it a little stiffer and roll it into a Benedictine cheese ball? I think I can make anything into a cheeseball! 😜

bowl with ingredients in it

How to Make a Benedictine Cheese Ball

The original Benedictine Spread is loose and used as a tea sandwich spread but I really want to make it into a cheese ball. So to bulk it up I add some shredded mozzarella cheese and increase the cream cheese amount a little.

The cucumber is such a watery vegetable that chopping it up and adding it to a mixture will bring more moisture. Even as the cheese ball chills, the cucumber will release moisture so you need to add more cheese to soak it up.

Adding the fresh herbs will also help hold the Benedictine Cheese Ball together and add some beautiful green color. Feel free to leave out the food coloring if you want. I added just a drop to follow in the footsteps of our elders, but the fresh herbs add all the green color you need.

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cracker with cheese spread on it

Can I make it ahead of time?

You can make it up to 24 hours ahead of time but remember that the cucumber has a lot of water in it so it will get “wetter” as time goes on.

How long does it last?

This spread or cheese ball will last up to 3 days!

Can I serve this as a dip and not a cheese ball?

You can totally serve this as a dip. To make it a little “looser” for dipping, leave out some of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Can I freeze it?

I would not recommend it because of the high moisture content.

kentucky derby food ideas collage

Kentucky Derby Foods

Looking to host a Kentucky Derby Party? Here is a list of Derby party food ideas and some cute decorations!

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close up of cheese ball rolled in herbs with text"benedictine cheese ball - easy"

Make your own Benedictine sandwiches with a spread or smash some of this Benedictine Cheese Ball between two mini toasts! Your Derby Party just got tastier!

Benedictine Cheese Ball with Dill and crackers

Benedictine Cheese Ball

This Benedictine Cheese Ball is a riff on the traditional cucumber dill spread that is eaten all over Kentucky, especially at the Derby!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Savory Cheese Balls
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup onion grated fine
  • 3/4 cup cucumber peeled, diced fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill fresh, chopped fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 dashes Tabasco hot sauce
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  • Fresh chopped dill and parsley to coat the outside of the cheese ball.


  • In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, mozzarella, onion, cucumber, dill, salt, and pepper.
  • Combine until mixed.
  • Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Chill for 30 mins to 1 hour.
  • Remove from fridge when ready to serve.
  • Coat with more dill and parsley.
  • Serve cold with lots of crackers and toasts!



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Serving: 1g | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 340mg | Sugar: 2g

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Recipe Rating

Aj Thomas

Friday 17th of February 2023

Delicious! I made this for a ladies Bible study, to rave reviews. It's especially good with raw veggies and triscuits.


Thursday 20th of May 2021

I love this so very much. I grew up in southern Indiana, where this has also reached and it brought back so many great memories. I wound up eating half of it before it made it to the fridge to chill.

Healthy World Cuisine

Thursday 21st of February 2019

Love the fresh dill herb on this dip Jen! Fresh, delicious and gorgeous photos. Sharing to all of our favorite boards.


Friday 22nd of February 2019

thank you!