Comfort Food--Friday #3

It's Comfort Food Friday #3!

These past couple of Fridays, I've been sharing recipes from my youth which bring me comfort. Today's comfort food is Lefse (pronounced "lef sah"). My GG immigrated from Norway when she was 21. She was one of my favorite people to be around and brought this recipe (which has been updated) with her.

Growing up, lefse was a staple in our house--primarily because it was inexpensive but us kids also loved it. I learned how to make it at a very young age. It's easy, but labor intensive. However, it's worth the time. I usually make a double batch because it doesn't last but a few hours in our house. It's tradition that I get to eat the first one off the griddle--just because I'll be the one standing there for a couple of hours flipping them. Well, like they say, it's not any good unless there's some effort involved and I promise...this is really good!

Norwegian Lefse

3 cups mashed potatoes (I use red potatoes). While warm, add 1/2 cup Crisco. Stir until Crisco is melted. Partially cool potato mixture and add 1 1/2 cups flour sifted together with 1/2 tsp. baking power, 1 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. salt. I now transfer the mixture to my Kitchenaid, however you can also mix it with your hands until well blended.

Roll a portion of the dough, the size of a small orange, on a generously floured cloth. Flatten out the ball with your rolling pin. Dry fry on a hot griddle. After one side cooks and browns, turn and cook the other side. Place each lefse between a tea towel. I usually just stack them on a plate, but using the tea towel will cool them down faster and keep them from sticking together. Like I said, they don't last long in our house so it's not even worth it for me to take this extra step.

Lefse can also be frozen. They make a great addition to any meal. ENJOY!


MagFly said...

This was a fun post to read. Lefse is one of my favourites, but I'm actually Norwegian :-).

This is not exactly the same as I get when I eat lefse, but similar to what my grandfather tells that his mother made.

Mandi said...

Lefse,mmmmm. My fav. It is one of my comfort foods too. That and cheesio's. Thanks mom

Julie said...

Oh! I can't tell you how happy I was to go browsing through your blog and find a fellow lefse lover!:)

My great grandfather was Norwegian, and it's a family tradition now to have lefse for Thanksgiving and Christmas.