Jansson's Temptation

"This is originally a Swedish recipe, but it has been a Finnish favourite for a long time. It's unsure who Jansson was - some say it was a pastor and this dish was his only temptation - but suffice to say that it's quite delicious. Traditional recipe has julienned potatoes, but if this seems like too much work you can thinly slice them too."
 
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photo by Fairy Nuff
photo by Fairy Nuff photo by Fairy Nuff
Ready In:
1hr 25mins
Ingredients:
5
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • Fry the onions until soft, and mix with julienned potatoes.
  • Chop anchovy fillets finely, and keep the anchovy juices.
  • In a shallow oven dish, put in a thin layer of potato onion mixture, followed by some anchovies. Repeat until you have used everything, ending up with a potato layer on top.
  • Mix the cream with the anchovy juices and pour on the dish.
  • Bake in the oven for about an hour.
  • Before serving, top with fresh dill.

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Reviews

  1. Chef Kate
    Oh this was good. I had no problem adding tall the anchovies--I love them. I did substitute low fat sour cream for the full cream and added no cheese--Along with everyone else, I say thanks, Milla!
     
  2. jennalp_12139265
    It's a Swedish recipe.There is no cheese in Janssons, and no garlic! Just cream - and the potatoes need to be matchsticks - not sliced rounds, otherwise you may as well make scalloped potatoes with anchovies!
     
  3. jadw59
    This should be made with sprats (Sprattus sprattus) and not with anchovies. The confusion arises out of the Swedish word being "Ansjovis". These are obtainable at Swedish shops in 125g tins
     
  4. currybunny
    Really lovely potato dish. I used lite cream and it still tasted great. The photo with the cheese looked too good, so I had to have some on top as well and I really enjoyed it! Thanks for a special side dish!
     
  5. in98117
    Very tasty! I fell in love with Jansenin Kiusaus in 1980 as an exchange student in Finland. It was such a delight to re-visit those old memories. The recipe is perfect--though, yeah, I think next time I will indeed improvise a little--with shredded carrot, parmesan cheese, and perhaps a little less heavy cream.
     
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  1. Chef Kate
    Oh this was good. I had no problem adding tall the anchovies--I love them. I did substitute low fat sour cream for the full cream and added no cheese--Along with everyone else, I say thanks, Milla!
     

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