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Jansson's Temptation Recipe
An excellent Swedish potato gratin dish, with various stories raging over its invention.
The most popular being that it tempted a religious fanatic to break his vow to renounce earthly pleasure.
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For 4-6 people:
- 30g/1 oz Butter, plus a little extra for greasing the dish
- 2 medium Onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 medium cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely-chopped
- 6 Anchovy fillets, chopped
- 750g/1 lb 10 oz of waxy Potatoes, such as Maris Peer or Nicola - peeled and thinly sliced - don't wash them, as their starch is needed
- 600ml/1 pint Double Cream
- 150ml/¼ pint full-fat Milk
- 90g/3 oz fresh White Breadcrumbs
- Freshly ground Black Pepper
- Generously butter a gratin dish, wth deep sides.
- Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.
- Melt the butter in a big saucepan, big enough to hold the potatoes as well.
- Add the sliced onions and sweat gently for about 5 minutes, until they start to become translucent but not brown.
- Add the garlic and chopped anchovies, and sweat gently for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the potato slices to the onion mixture, and plenty of black pepper, and remove the mixture from the heat.
- Put this mixture into the gratin dish, and arrange the top so it is level.
- Heat the cream and milk together until hot, but not boiling - then pure this over the sliced potatoes, which should be completely covered (if not use a little more cream/milk/water)
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove the foil, carefully, and sprinkle of the breadcrumbs.
- Return to the oven until the potato is gently bubbling, and the breadcrumbs golden.
Serve straight from the oven.