Carolyn Jones' That Fish Thing

From The Celebrity Cookbook, 1966.

From Frank DeCaro:


"She was a knockout, wearing mod clothes and dripping with jewels, as Marsha, Queen of Diamonds on Batman. She also played Hippolyta, mother of Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter. But it was as Morticia Addams, the passionate wife of Gomez, on The Addams Family, that Carolyn Jones will always primarily be remembered. The actress, Academy Award-nominated for The Bachelor Party in 1957, appeared in such movies as House of Wax, with Vincent Price, King Creole, with Elvis Presley, and the 1956 horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But Morticia eclipsed all that. How could she not? No one ever looked more bleakly beautiful than Jones did, dressed in black, sitting in a cobra chair, snapping along to The Addams Family theme song."

Carolyn Jones’

That Fish Thing

Serves 4


1 pound tiny bay shrimp

1 medium jar sliced mushrooms

1 small jar sliced pimentos

2 teaspoons fresh dill

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 pound fresh sole fillets

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

½ soup can white wine

½ soup can water


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a medium baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix shrimp, mushrooms, pimentos, dill, salt. Lay fillets of sole flat, portion shrimp mixture in center of each filet, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Place side by side in prepared dish. Mix soup, wine, water together well and pour over fish. Bake uncovered 25 minutes.

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Here's how your sole roll-ups might look prior to saucing them. Editor's note: As an experienced recipe person, I'd be inclined to salt and pepper the sole and let it sit for 15 minutes before placing the shrimp mixture inside. I would also replace the 1/2 soup can of water with two tablespoons fresh lemon juice. I would place the "naked" fish roll-ups in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 375°F, THEN pour the sauce mixture over, and bake another 20 minutes uncovered.

“This morning when I woke up and the sky was all dark and cloudy, I knew right then and there that this was going to be a lovely day.” —Morticia Addams

My personal favorite performance of hers is with Elvis, in King Creole, 1958.

Ronnie: Maybe we'll meet someplace by accident.

Danny Fisher: Tell me where you think the accident will take place and I'll make sure I'm there.


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