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What Lefse Is

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I had a question in my comments about what Lefse is. It's a Norwegian flat bread made from potatoes and it's then grilled and rolled. Then you spread butter and sugar on it and it's yummy.

Here's a recipe: Lefse (Norwegian Flat Bread) Excerpt from: A Vegetarian Cooks’ Book, The Green Cutting Board Press, 2004
5 Cups of mashed potatoes (no milk, butter or salt added)
1/4 Cup vegetable shortening
2 Tbls cream
1/2 tsp salt
2 Cups all purpose flour
Beat the mashed potatoes, shortening, cream and salt together until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for several hours, overnight is preferable.
Turn potato mixture onto a floured surface and in portion knead in the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Preheat a heavy cast iron pan to about 400º Fahrenheit not using any oil. Start by taking an amount of the potato dough equal to the size of a small hens egg and forming it into a ball, flatten by hand on a heavily floured rolling surface. Roll the dough into a circle about 8” in diameter, it will be very thin. Transfer the rolled circle to the pan and cook until blisters form and brown spots appear on the underside. Flip the lefse and continue to cook until brown equally on both sides. Place the lefse in a pie pan lined with aluminum foil and cover to store. Continue in this manner until all the dough is cooked and stored in the covered pan to cool. May be served hot or cold with a variety of sweet or savory fillings.

Here is a picture of the finished product...Mmmmm, so yummy!

Oh...I went through and deleted all the photos from past entries except those dealing with my surgery. Now I need to go through all my entries and delete the actual links so no one gets those annoying red Xs.

4:55 p.m. - Monday, Dec. 27, 2004


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