Swedish Janssons Frestelse (Jansson’s Temptation) Recipe


  • 4 Shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds Potatoes, peeled & julienned
  • 1 tin Ansjovis, chopped, brine reserved
  • 1 cup 35% Cream
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/3 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
  • Butter


  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Warm a small skillet over medium-low heat
  • Sauté the shallots in a bit of butter until softened but not browned, around 3 minutes, then remove from the heat
  • Drain the Ansjovis brine into a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside
  • Finely chop the Ansjovis, then transfer them to the skillet with your onions, mixing to combine
  • Add the heavy cream, freshly ground black pepper, and nutmeg to the brine, then whisk together well
  • Generously butter a 2 liter casserole dish and line the bottom with 1/3 of the potatoes
  • Next, use half of the Ansjovis & onion mixture as the second layer
  • Add another 1/3 of the potatoes on top, then spread the remaining Ansjovis & onion over them
  • Spread the remaining potatoes on top and pour the cream mixture into the casserole
  • Top the dish with an even layer of bread crumbs, and dot with butter
  • Cover with tinfoil and bake at 400 for 30 min, then remove tinfoil and bake an additional 30 minutes

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