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Jansson's Temptation

Jansson's Temptation

Learn to prepare the delicious Janssons' Temptation, a traditional Swedish food consisting in a potato casserole with anchovies, potatoes, onions and cream

30 March, 2012
Average: 1.5 (14 votes)


serves for


total time

1 HR 25 MIN


30 g
25 g
2 each, medium, very finely sliced
4 each, medium, waxy, thinly sliced
284 ml, made to 300 ml with milk


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.
  • Drain the anchovies, reserving their oil.
  • Gently heat half the butter in a saucepan and stir in the anchovy oil as it melts.
  • Add the onions and fry over a low heat until they are very sweet – don’t let them brown.
  • This should take a good 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked, set aside.
  • Smear a deep, 1,25-litre baking dish with the remaining butter and arrange half of the potatoes in the base.
  • Pour over the onions and arrange 12 anchovies on top.
  • Add the remaining potatoes and half the cream.
  • Season lightly and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Add the remaining cream and bake for another 25 minutes, until golden and the potatoes are very tender.
  • Serve immediately with grilled lamb chops or a good steak.

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