Feud Foods™ continues today with Bette Davis’ Spinach-Stuffed Filets!
I found this recipe in Johna Blinn’s newspaper column, Celebrity Cookbook (Click on the image to zoom in for the recipe).
Things I learned about Bette Davis in this article: She owns many cookbooks and detests wasting food.
“I’m not a penurious woman, but to throw food away is a sin.”
She also thought it very important to teach her children to eat and behave.
“When I travel abroad it’s embarrassing to see how so many American children eat. They hold their implements like truck drivers.”
She also doesn’t give a shit about your eating habits.
These days I have to be charming about them [potatoes] and limit the number I eat. But if you have to diet, shut up and diet.
And I love her response after asked about her plans for the future:
I’m moving East to be near my children. I’m thinking of doing a comedy. I’ve killed my last person. “Baby Jane” and “Sweet Charlotte” I call my macabre years. I’m bored with killing.
But not bored with the kitchen, apparently.
Bette’s filets are stuffed with a mix of butter, spinach, onion, and butter.
And then smothered with a can of cheddar cheese soup.
Well, I didn’t have canned cheddar cheese soup so I just made my own cheese sauce–starting with a butter-flour roux and added 1% milk and I shredded a block of Irish cheddar that I had in the fridge (this was the week before St. Patrick’s Day). As I stirred and stirred, I thinned it with the white wine I was drinking.
This sauce was boss. And to me it almost tasted as though I had thinned it with sherry and not just wine, but perhaps the nutmeg had something to do with that?
Anyway, the final dish was dee-lish. Especially, if like this night, I had all of the ingredients on hand! (well, not the canned cheese soup, but you know what I did.)
This really was super. Would 100% make this again.
Also! Article of interest–you can apparently vacation at Bette’s Butternut Farm in New Hampshire.