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Mr. Janssen's Temptation Recipe

Mr. Janssen's Temptation

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"This is a Swedish classic that belongs to the smorgasbord. It's wonderful--try it!"

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees (225 degrees C).
  2. Place a layer of sliced potatoes onto the bottom of a large baking dish. Top the potatoes with a layer of sliced onions, and then a layer of anchovy fillets. Repeat layers up to the top of the dish, ending with a layer of potatoes on top. Drizzle about 2/3 of the cream over the dish, and the reserved liquid from the anchovies. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top, and dot with pieces of butter.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes on the middle rack of the oven. Add the remaining cream, and continue baking for another 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
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Mar 04, 2008

This was surprisingly wonderful! I wanted to give anchovies another chance after hating them since childhood. I made half a batch, because I knew our kids wouldn't try it. Aside from that, my only tweaks were to saute my onion a little and add some flat-leaf parsley and black pepper. Had it with a nice spinach salad for a really good, inexpensive meal. Thanks!

May 04, 2006

I've been living/working in Sweden over the past year and some and I am starting a collection of Swedish recipes for when my Swedish boyfriend and I move to Canada. I figure a little Swedish cooking will help him feel more at home (he's never been to Canada). This recipe is alot simpler than many you find for Janssons Temptation, and suprisingly it tastes just as good as any you can have in Sweden. Thanks for sharing, this is a definate keeper!!


10 Ratings

Apr 08, 2009

This was our first time trying anchovies. As a general rule we like fish, though a couple in the family are not fond of fish. This dish, however, cooked up very mild with a slight taste of fish...but different. Everyone ate it, most had seconds, and I will be cooking it again. We enjoyed it with some bacon wrapped asparagus and the two proved to be quite filling.

Jan 18, 2003

Janssen's Temptation is a cool weather favorite in my family. Just don't tell anyone about the fish until afterwards. This recipe is a lot simpler than the one I had in my box.

Jan 18, 2003

What a great recipe! It was very good to end the evening with such a tasteful dish. Highly recommended for parties or just an evening meal.

Oct 29, 2009

Yum, yum, yum -- great comfort food. I love the extra layer of flavor from the anchovies. My husband loves this, too, and he has no idea there are anchovies in it. This was wonderful with braised and buttered cabbage. I had to cut the recipe way down since there are only two in my household. Four potatoes, 8 anchovies, and I used half/half for the cream. I might use just a bit fewer anchovies next time. I enjoy stories so thought I'd share this story I found about Mr. Janssen and his tempting dish:

Nov 04, 2008

I really like anchovies, so I knew I would like this dish -- I could definitely taste them! This dish is filling, easy and cheap. I used 1 Idaho potato, 1 onion, 1 tin of anchovies and about 1/3 pint of heavy cream.

Jun 06, 2008

Very good and very hearty! I would reduce the anchovies by 1/4 but otherwise it is great! Even better the next day!


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  • Calories
  • 438 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 68.3 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 14.5 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 8.6 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 10.8 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 354 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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