Jansson’s temptation


by: 123Chef

This classic Swedish dish gets its name from the story that this was the food that tempted Jansson, a religious fanatic, to renounce his vow to give up earthly pleasures. It perfectly illustrates the thrifty technique of adding a little of something rich and flavourful (in this case, cream and anchovies) to lots of something mild and filling (good old potatoes). A temptation indeed.


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serves: 4

2 oz (50 g) good-quality anchovies canned in olive oil

2 onions (thinly sliced)

3/4 cup (175 ml) milk

2 lb (900 g) baking or all-purpose potatoes (peeled)

3/4 cup (175 ml) heavy cream

Butter, for greasing

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Facts
Jansson’s temptation

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 491

  • Total Fat: 21.9 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 8.8 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 49.3 mg
  • Sodium: 1285.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 64.1 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
  •     Sugars: 4.9 g
  • Protein: 11.7 g

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1.  Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Tip the anchovies and their oiI into a frying pan. Add the onions and fry over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes, until soft and lightly browned.

2.  Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4 inch (5 mm) thick. Stack the slices up a few at a time and cut them Iengthwise into 1/4-inch (5-mm) matchsticks.

3.  Add the milk and cream to the onions and bring to a boil. Season to taste with salt (depending on the saltiness of the anchovies) and pepper, then stir in the potatoes, mixing well so that the ingredients are evenly distributed.

4.  Pour the mixture into a lightly buttered, shallow baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and the top is lightly browned. Serve with a crisp green salad.

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