2. Sweden: Jansson’s Temptation
Jansson’s temptation, or Janssons frestelse − known as a creamy potato and anchovy casserole. Who is Jansson? It’s not quite clear, but we certainly understand the temptation of this rich potato casserole, usually made with spiced anchovies (or pickled sprats), onions and cream. As a staple at the Julbord, Sweden’s traditional Christmas smorgasbord, this rich dish is something to celebrate.
A traditional Swedish casserole, it is commonly included in a Swedish Christmas dinner table, but is often eaten on other occasions, including Easter. The dish is also common in Finland, where it is known as janssoninkiusaus. It can easily be made into a vegan dish and it is pure comfort food bliss, and is at the head of every Christmas table, though I’ve also seen it served at weddings, smorgasbords, and summer holidays.