Bette Davis’ Spinach-Stuffed Filets

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).

The Evening Independent – Dec 2, 1965


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.

Really, Bette?

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. 


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13 Responses to Bette Davis’ Spinach-Stuffed Filets

  1. Whit says:

    Happy Easter! Wonderful newspaper clipping about Bette Davis. I share her views on children’s table manners–wish more young parents did. Your spinach-stuffed fillets look scrumptious!

  2. Ooh, I have been meaning to try this, and I asked my chums Heather and Nathan to bring me 2 cans of Cheddar Cheese Soup back when they went to California – we can’t get it here. Nathan said he WOULD, as long as I never cooked HIM anything containing Cheddar Cheese Soup. Personally, I suspect it will be delicious. It’s lurking in my food cupboard right now….

    I will KILL to know where Bette’s “three hole notebook” of recipes is now. Wonder whether some US library has all her STUFF.

  3. Morgan says:

    I’m going to be so sad when the series and these related recipes are done next week! I feel like I’ve been hanging out with all of these folks from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and I’m going to miss their larger-than-life ways…

    Wondering about this dish–it looks and sounds good, but I’m thinking maybe a sprinkle of panko/bread crumbs on top? Otherwise it sounds a little…soft. It reminds me of an old (delish) casserole I’ve made and liked, and that has crumbs on top, so maybe that’s why I think that?

    • yinzerella says:

      If you like recipes like these, go and visit
      I also occasionally do other celebrity dishes. I don’t think I have an actual tag for them. But I need one!!!

  4. suzanne says:

    I think the last thing I saw her do was “Dark Secret of Harvest Home”. I thought she was awesome, it’s still creepy.

  5. Angie says:

    I am not a fan of fish but with that much cheese and butter and my fav, spinach how could I not take a whack at that. Yum! Yes I feel I now much comment on every post to help you out because in my head we are besties. I even check out Hannibal season 1 because of you.

    Weird but harmless.

  6. Eat the Blog says:

    My only objection to tinned cheese soup is the cost-it really ought to be inexpensive. That said, it does make great macaroni cheese.

    Look at all those copper pans! That must be hundreds of dollars hanging over the hearth. Oh, and the shoes. That photo almost makes me want white shoes. Almost.

    • yinzerella says:

      In the last episode I believe that Bette’s house featured a lot of copper prominently.
      I maaaay have white shoes almost exactly like those. They were for my Little Edie Beale costume from last year.

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