Original Benedictine spread recipe from the Blue Ribbon Cook Book – Advice Eating

You can’t talk about Louisville’s food history without talking about Jennie C. Benedict.

Her name may not sound familiar, but you probably know her most famous dish: Benedictine Spread, a pickle and cream spread that’s still often served as finger sandwiches, particularly for the Kentucky Derby.

Once the most famous caterer in Louisville, Benedict helped define and shape Southern cuisine in Kentucky around the turn of the century. She ran a tea room and soda fountain, was educated at the Boston Cooking School, and offered the first school lunches in Louisville: chicken salad sandwiches sold from a hand cart.

The recipe for the famous chicken salad sandwich can be found in her The Blue Ribbon Cook Book, alongside other filling, regional classics like corn pudding, blackberry jam pie and Waldorf salad. The book has more than 400 savory recipes within its pages.

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