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Jansson’s Temptation

A gratin of grated potato, anchovies, butter, onions and cream, Jansson’s temptation is supposedly served at the end of a party to make the guests stay longer. This dish is a version of the anchovy gratins that were popular in Sweden during the nineteenth century. The debate of how it acquired its interesting name is ongoing—some say the dish was thought to have tempted a religious fanatic who had vowed to give up all earthly pleasures, while other theories suggest it came from the Swedish opera singer Pelle Janzon or from the title of a 1928 film.