This unique and delicious Norwegian tradition is practiced and enjoyed by "Norskes" in many parts of the world, including in the USA. They dig out their special lefse baking utensils, especially around Christmas time.
If you are some of the lucky ones to be a guest at my mom's home, she will serve delicious lefse through-out the year.
The Potato Lefse (plural) are made with a rolling pin and formed into thin, round discs. They are easy to make and is an appreciated treat not only for Norwegians.
This recipe makes 30 Lefse rounds
6-7 medium potatoes, cooked & peeled.
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 to 3 cups flour.
Drain boiled potatoes; mash and gradually add butter, salt, milk and sugar. Whip well until light and fluffy. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator.
Gradually add 1/2-cup sifted flour and mix well. Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Rolling Pin for making lefse.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into 30 pieces of dough. Roll into 6" round discs.
Place the rolled out discs in the middle of a hot, dry griddle. Bake until lightly golden.
Use the Lefse turning stick to flip the lefse round and bake both sides to a light very golden brown.
Lefse Turning Stick
You can bake them without a griddle - use a large cast-iron frying pan instead.
One way to serve this traditional Norsk delicacy is to spread it with softened butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Roll the lefse and cut the roll in the center at an angle and serve.
The lefse can also be filled with favorite sandwich meats and cheeses. Pop it in the Foreman Grill for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Cheeses, s.a. gulost, Jarlsberg, cheddar, or a another cheese of your choice, will work.
In Norway, we also eat lefse with thinly sliced brunost (sweet Norwegian goat cheese/Gjeitost). But don't heat the lefse if you have sliced goat cheese (brunost) on it. Norwegian goat cheese is usually not served melted.
Potet lefse is also ideal for making delicious appetizers. All you have to do is fill it with your desired delicacy; roll it up; cut it at an angle and serve.
Add garnish by sticking a toothpick with an olive or a cherry tomato with a sprig of parsley through it. Voila, you'll have beautiful appetizers. Only our imagination is the limit.
When the Norwegians in the Minnesota serve Lutefisk, there will also be potato lefse on table. Yum-Yum.
I hope you will enjoy this Potato Lefse Recipe. Happy Lefse Baking!
I will keep on adding recipes for traditional Norwegian food, so stop in often.
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