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Jansson's temptation/Jansson's frestelse

A delicious Swedish potato dish consisting of sliced potatoes, with onions and anchovies, baked with cream. In Sweden, a form of spiced sprat is used; but anchovies do very well!

There are many stories concerning the naming of this dish, the two most popular being that it was named after Adolf Janzon who became an outstanding opera singer, at the Royal Swedish Opera, in the late 19th century. As it became evident that he would become famous, he changed his name to Jansson - this was his favourite potato dish. The alternative, that the dish persuaded a religious fanatic to break his religious vows for earthly pleasures. For a recipe see our Recipe Section.

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