Thursday, January 7, 2010

Janssons frestelse (Jansson's Temptation)

Jansson's Temptation. This is how the Swedish people call this dish, which is representative for Swedish cuisine. It is extremely popular and it's being cooked as traditional food for the Christmas dinner.
This year I decided to make as well. There are a few ways to make this dish. I will present the alternative suitable for my taste. Another recipe can be found on Elena's blog (Swedish).
More info you can find here.

I used:
- potatoes
- 3dl double cream
- 3 dl milk
- 2 anchovies cans
- 2 large onions
- butter (around 150gr)
- bread crumbles
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp sugar

Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them in "sticks" shape like for making french fries, but even thinner.

Peel and cut the onion.

Cut the anchovies in small pieces. Don't toss the juice from the cans, we'll use that too.

Melt 50gr of butter in a pan and saute the onions a little bit.

Add the double cream and the milk and let it boil. When it starts to boil, add the potatoes, the anchovies filé's and the sugar. Let it simmer for around 5 minutes or until the potatoes become softer.

Add the anchovies-can juice, salt (carefully, the anchovies are salty) and pepper.

Pour all the mixture in a prebuttered baking pan, sprinkle the bread crumbs and add small pieces of butter on top.

Put it into the oven for 45 minutes at 175 Celsius degrees.

For those who love salty taste it will be a "temptation", exactly like the name. It's creamy, extra creamy I would say, if you make it following this method.


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