Donald Pleasence preparing 'Sole Bon Femme' on CELEBRITY COOKS

Donald Pleasence originally shared this recipe on the Canadian cooking show CELEBRITY COOKS
(hosted by Bruno Gerussi). It was later published in the 1975 book Celebrity Cooks Recipe Book: Volume One.

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A recipe by Donald Pleasence


  • 1 Sole, filleted (makes 4 Canadian fillets)

  • 1 cup stock (get head, bones, etc. for the stock or use an extra fillet, chopped)

  • 1/2 lb. button mushrooms

  • 1 doz. medium mushroom caps

  • 2 shallots (finely chopped)

  • lemon juice

  • oil

  • bouquet garni

  • white wine (enough wine to cover fish plus wine to add later, but no more than 1 cup altogether)


  • 2 tbsp. flour

  • 2 tbsp. butter

  • liquid drained from baking sole


    Make the fish stock, using the head & bones, etc. or an extra fillet. Put in a sauce pan, add a cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain. Season to taste.

    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

    Put fillets in bottom of buttered earthenware baking dish. Sprinkle with finely chopped shallots and button mushrooms. Add enough wine to cover, and the fish stock.

    Now add the bouquet garni, bring to the boil, cover with a buttered paper, and bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes.

    Drain off the liquid from the baking dish and add some more white wine, making the total wine used no more than 1 cup. Put this liquid in a sauce pan and keep warm.

    Make a Beurre Manie by kneading the flour and butter with fingers as though you were rubbing fine pastry. Form into small balls and add them to the liquid, stirring well. It will thicken.

    In another pan, saute the mushroom caps in oil and lemon juice.

    Pour sauce over the sole and decorate with the mushroom caps. Place under grill to brown lightly and glaze. Remove the bouquet garni before serving.

    Serves 4.

  • Photo © 1975 INITIATIVE PRODUCTIONS LIMITED. All Rights Reserved.

    Recipe © 1975 Donald Pleasence / INITIATIVE PRODUCTIONS LIMITED. All Rights Reserved.

    Title and logo designed by Karen Rappaport