Jansson's Temptation (Sweden)

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“Traditional Swedish Potatoes and Anchovies side dish. Posted for ZWT-6; from the Usborne Children's World Cookbook Gramma gave my son when he first started learning to cook.”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb potato
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 13 cup butter
  • 2 (2 ounce) cans anchovies, drained
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup double cream (or milk)
  • parsley (optional garnish)
  • dill (optional garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F ( 200°C/Gas mark 6).
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin strips about 4cm (2in.) long. Put them in a bowl of cold water.
  3. Fry the onions in 1oz. (30g) of the butter just until they're soft.
  4. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Put a layer, approximately 1/3 of potatoes into a small, heatproof dish.
  5. Cover the potatoes with a layer of anchovies. Then, cover the anchovies with a layer of the softened onions.
  6. Repeat the layers of potato, anchovies and onion to the top of the dish, finishing with a layer of potato.
  7. Sprinkle on salt and pepper.
  8. Carefully pour the cream (or milk) all over the top and let it sink to the bottom of the dish.
  9. Cut the rest of the butter into small pieces and dot them over the top of the potatoes.
  10. Bake for about 45 minutes.
  11. Garnish with parsley or dill, if desired.

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