Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Vegan Jansson's Temptation (Creamy Potato Bake)

Jansson's Frestelse (Jansson's Temptation) is a Swedish potato bake which is traditionally flavoured with sprats, which are a type of salty preserved fish. In most Anglicised versions of this dish the sprats are replaced with anchovies (much more readily available). However, this is a vegan version - so it obviously doesn't use either sprats or anchovies. In their place I have used tangy salty capers, which were absolutely delicious - even if they're not that authentic!

A creamy potato bake is something which is generally missing in a vegan's repertoire! So, it's nice to have created this one to fill that void! It's delicious! Creamy potato with bursts of tangy capers all flavoured with a sprinkle of dill. Try this - it's easy and very satisfying!

1 kg potatoes, peeled and sliced (1 cm width)
1 lg onions, thinly sliced (still round)
400g silken tofu
1 cup blanched almonds (soaked in water for 30-60 mins, then drained)
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp arrowroot
Pinch of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 tbsp chopped dill
1/3 cup capers

To Make
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Combine the the almonds, garlic, lemon juice and 1/2 cup almond milk in a food processor. Process until smooth and the almonds aren't gritty.
3. Add the tofu, salt, nutmeg, arrowroot and the rest of the almond milk. Process to form a smooth creamy sauce.
4. Layer half the sliced potatoes on the bottom of a large baking dish. Top this with a layer of the sliced onions.
5. Sprinkle the capers and the chopped dill over the top of the onions. Layer the remaining potatoes over the top.
6. Pour the creamy sauce over the top of all of it, covering all the potato evenly.
7. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender to pierce.
8. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the top is browned (if you have an oven with elements that separate then you may wish to switch it to a "top-only" setting to aid this). Serve.

Serves 4, or 6 as a side dish. Perfect to bring to a family gathering or a potluck!


  1. This is a keeper. I made it for a potluck and loved it!!

    1. Thanks! I agree, perfect for potlucks! :)

  2. Is the 180 degrees Fahrenheit? I used this and it seemed too low of oven temperature.