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Jansson’s Temptation

Jansson's Tempation [photo]

This is a traditional Swedish side-dish, but I think it would go swimmingly with a proudly South African braai. After all it’s essentially a potato bake only with the addition of anchovies. We were initially a bit skeptical about the fishy component, but I have to say it blends in beautifully, adding just the right hit of saltiness to the finished product.  I suppose you could cut the potatoes into slices instead of matchsticks, but I think the matchstick shapes add a nice textural diversity. Enjoy!

Jansson’s Temptation

Adapted from Gretchen Cooks

Serves 8 as a side-dish

3 tbsp butter
2 large onions, thinly sliced
5  large potatoes, peeled and cut into matchsticks 10 anchovy fillets
3/4 cup low-fat evaporated milk
1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Saute onions in 1 tbsp butter until glazed and see-through.
3. Arrange half the potatoes in a greased casserole dish and tear anchovies onto the potato layer, distributing evenly. Top with the sauteed onions and pour over 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. Dot with the remainder of the butter (2 tbsp).
4. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with another 1/4 cup of evaporated milk and bake a further 15 minutes until browned on top.
Note: Keep cut potatoes covered with water to prevent discolouring. Dry off before using.

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3 thoughts on “Jansson’s Temptation

  1. Andrea

    Where do I put the other half of the potatoes?


    1. Sorry about that, the other half is added after the onions and anchovies.

  2. schalk

    a bit of a lisp (GAY) not with a braai !

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