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Janssons Frestelse or Jansson's Temptation is a classic Swedish potato and sprat casserole traditionally served on Christmas but great any time of the year. Creamy, hearty, filling! | cookingtheglobe.com

Janssons Frestelse (Jansson's Temptation) - Swedish Potato Casserole

This classic potato casserole, coming from Sweden, is not your ordinary casserole. It features Swedish anchovies (sprats)!
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 428kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe


  • 2 ¼ lb (1 kg) potatoes , peeled, cut into ¼-inch (½-cm) thick strips
  • 1 medium yellow onion , sliced
  • 9 oz (250g) sprats (Swedish anchovies), or matjes herring
  • 1 ¼ cups (300ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter , cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs or panko


  • Preheat an oven to 450 °F (225°C).
  • Remove the sprats from the tin, reserving the liquid. Mix this liquid with the heavy cream.
  • Grease a large baking dish. Place a layer of the onions on the bottom. Follow with a layer of the sprats. Finish with a layer of the potatoes. Pour the cream and sprat liquid mixture over the top. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs or panko. Finally, arrange the butter pieces on top.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Enjoy!


Adapted from The Swedish Christmas Table by Jens Linder and Johanna Westman


Calories: 428kcal