While it does contain cream this recipe is one of the ultimate Swedish comfort foods and it’s not just full of healthy goodness, it’s dead easy to make. You can prepare it up to a day ahead and pop it into the oven an hour before you’re ready to serve. Add a salad and you’re good to go!
The thing to remember about this recipe is that all the ingredients are approximate. You can add or lessen any of the main ingredients (within reason) and you’ll still get great results.
What you need:
700 g floury potatoes
350 ml cream (you can replace half of this with milk if you want to cut calories)
1-3 onions, thinly sliced (if you like onions, load them up; otherwise stick to one)
30 g butter, plus extra for greasing
melted butter to serve on the side (optional)
300 g smoked salmon, cut into chunks
salt & pepper
What you do:
Heat oven to 160°C
Peel (or leave unpeeled for extra health benefits) and boil potatoes until just tender, about 6-8 minutes. Strain and run under cold water, then pat dry. While potatoes are boiling grease your casserole dish, cut up the salmon and slice the onions.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, salt and pepper, then slice the potatoes. I prefer them thinly sliced but some prefer a thicker cut. Because this recipe is so flexible it’s really down to a matter of taste, so go with your instincts.
Once the dish is greased start layering your ingredients. First a layer of potato slices, then some onion, and finally a layer of salmon. Keep layering until you fill the dish, making sure your final layer is potato. Pour over the cream/egg mixture, top with some chopped dill and you’re done. Some people add cheese on top, usually something like Västerbotten (cheddar would be a good replacement for that) but I prefer it without.
Pop into the oven and bake until the top is golden and slightly crunchy, about 45-50 minutes. The custard should be set, meaning a knife should come out clean. Cool slightly before serving. You can also set out bowls of melted butter to pour over portions for those of your guests who want to amp up the calorie count.