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Janssons Frestelse Temptation

Swedish Christmas Classic – Jansson’s Temptation

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  • Author: Kalle Bergman
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


An absolutely classic Swedish dish, not only served during Christmas – but as a late night snack at many Swedish parties throughout the year.


Units Scale
  • 46 large potatoes, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup of heavy cream (and additional cream if you are reheating it the day after)
  • 3/4 cup of whole milk
  • 7 oz of pickled sprats or matjes herring (keep the marinade)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 2 Large onions
  • 1 Stick of organic butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 430°F.
  2. In a sauce pan, gently simmer the potatoes with about half of the marinade from the sprats / herring, the cream and milk for 10 minutes.
  3. Slice and cut the onion. Fry it gently in butter until translucent. Layer onions, potatoes and finely chopped sprats in a large buttered oven dish (or in several smaller ones like in the picture above). Grind some black pepper on top, spread bread crumbs over the potatoes, and top with a few slices of butter.
  4. Bake in the middle of the oven until golden brown, for about 50-60 minutes. Place some aluminum foil on top during the last 10-15 minutes if you think it has gotten too much color.


TIP: You can make the Temptation the day before and re-heat it – but if you do, add a little extra cream during re-heating.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven Baking
  • Cuisine: Swedish
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