Jansson's Temptation (Swedish Potato and Anchovy Casserole)

Total Time
1hr 25mins
25 mins
1 hr

I found this on another website researching Swedish recipes. I love to make it and not tell people it has anchovies in it until after they rave about how good it is. The anchovies melt into it to make a sauce. It has such a yummy flavor! Here is a quote from the recipe: "Jansson's Temptation is a classic Swedish dish traditionally served before guests leave to ensure that during their cold journey home they have something warm inside them."

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  1. In a large skillet cook the onions in 2 tbsp of the butter over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until they are golden.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. In a buttered 2 1/2- 3 quart shallow baking dish (13x9 works well), layer 1/3 of the potatoes, 1/2 of the onions, 1/2 of the chopped anchovies, salt and pepper to taste, 1/3 potatoes, 1/2 onions, 1/2 of the chopped anchovies, salt and pepper to taste, last third of potatoes.
  4. Drizzle the top of potatoes with the reserved oil from the anchovy can (about 2 tbsp.) and dot them with the remaining 1 tbsp of butter cut into bits.
  5. Bake the casserole on the middle rack for 10 minutes.
  6. Pour 3/4 cup of the cream over the potatoes and bake the casserole for 20 minutes more.
  7. Pour the remaining cream over the casserole, reduce heat to 300, and bake for 30 minutes more or until the potatoes are tender.
  8. Great served with anything that goes well with a potato side dish.
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5 5

I love this recipe. My sister in law's mother makes this dish two ways every Christmas Eve one with anchovies and one with julienned ham. Both are delicious.

5 5

This is holiday food in our family! It's worth it to find Swedish anchovies. Their taste and texture are so different from the oil packed ones. I find them at Nordic House in Oakland, CA. They are online: http://www.nordichouse.com/

4 5

The flavor is excellent, but we felt that this was too assertive a dish to function as a side, and not substantial enough to stand alone. I do think I would like to make this in a pastry case and serve it as a tort or quiche-like entree.