Lefse (Norway)

f31cfc5d-a4c9-4e83-ba17-b40cc739643f--lefse_bfast_1Lafse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. It is made with riced or instant potatoes, flour, butter, and milk. There are many ways to flavor lefse but the most common is called lefse-klenning and involves adding butter and rolling it up! Some people like to add butter, cinnamon, sugar, jelly, peanut butter, or eggs.

Thank you Fiveandspice for the recipe


  • pound russet potatoes
  • tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2teaspoons sugar
  • pinch baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling


  1. Peel the potatoes, cut them into even chunks, and boil them in a large pot of water, until just tender when poked with a fork. You don’t want them to be mushy. Drain the potatoes well. Next, make them into mashed potatoes: My favorite way to do so is to press them through a ricer into a large bowl and then fold in the butter, heavy cream, salt, sugar, and baking powder, making sure you get rid of any lumps. If you don’t have a ricer, you can also combine the potatoes, butter, cream, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl and use a handheld mixer to whip them up until they’re smooth — but make sure to stop as soon as they are smooth. If you whip them too long, they get gummy.
  2. Place a cloth over the mashed potatoes and refrigerate them at least 7 hours, or overnight.
  3. When ready to cook the lefse, heat a dry, cast iron skillet (at least 8 inches) over medium-high heat. Using your hands, mix the 3/4 cup flour into the cold potatoes, until you have a uniform shaggy dough. Roll the dough into balls about the size of a ping pong ball. On a floured surface, one ball at a time, roll the lefse into rounds that are about 1/8-inch thick or a little thicker. Leave the unrolled lefse in the fridge while you’re working so it stays chilled. Griddle the lefse one at a time in the skillet. Cook on the first side until it develops splotches that range from light brown to deep brown (around a minute), then flip and cook the second side until splotchy (about another 30 seconds). Then, transfer the cooked lefse to a cooling rack. Continue in the same way with the remaining lefse balls.
  4. Serve the lefse with scrambled eggs and smoked fish, or cheese and jam, or gjetost, or butter and cinnamon-sugar, or hot dogs, or really any topping that appeals to you. Lefse can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. Rewarm before serving, or you can seal it tightly in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month.



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