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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Guest Inger Boudouris: Jansson's Temptation

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Here is a traditional recipe I just learned about called Jansson's Temptation which is a festive potato dish made at Christmas time in Sweden. When I discovered it I was taken with the unusual inclusion of pickled sprats, which I had never had. I assumed I would not be able to buy them here so I phoned up my friend Inger to ask her if there was a substitution and she frankly said no. So I waited for her to return from many of her trips across the country to gather the proper ingredients. Though the word for Sprats in Swedish looks like "anchovies" they are a totally different can of fish and worth the internet seach to find them. This is delicious any time of year, trust me Inger made me one!

4-6 large potatoes cut into strips
1 cup heavy cream
7 ounces pickled Sprats (save the juice)
Black pepper
2 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs
2 large onions
1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 400. Slice the onion thin and sauté in butter. Layer onion, potato, and finely diced sprats in a large oven proof baking dish, which has been brushed with butter. Mix the juice from the sprats in with the heavy cream and carefully pour over the potatoes. Sprinkle black pepper on the top and breadcrumbs and a little of the butter slices on top. Turn oven down to 375 and bake until golden brown about 50-60 minutes until potatoes are tender. Cover top if it looks like it’s getting too brown during the last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm with anything, really!