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Janssons Frestelse {Sweden}


This creamy potato and anchovy casserole is said to have been named after Pelle Janzon, a food-loving Swedish opera singer of the early 1900s. D helped make this for our tabletop travel to Sweden last week.


Ingredients
  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 1 leek, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • splash of olive oil
  • anchovies, approximately 10 filets
  • 1 C organic heavy cream
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 T butter, thinly sliced into pats + extra for buttering baking dish

Procedure
Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel the potatoes and cut them into strips. Sauté the leek and fennel slices in a splash of olive oil until softened. Butter an ovenproof baking dish and cover the bottom with a layer of potatoes. Spread half of the leek-fennel mixture over the top of the potatoes. Place half of the anchovies over the layer. Another layer of potatoes, then the rest of the leek-fennel and anchovies. Finish with a layer of potatoes. Flatten the surface a bit. Pour the cream over the top. Place pats of butter on top and sprinkle with some breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven for an hour. Serve hot.

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