By: Kristen Darkow
Can you believe it’s already the week of Thanksgiving? From the family gatherings to the annual traditions, this time of year can be so fun. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite holiday traditions that my family has done since as long as I can remember (and, in fact, much before I was ever in the picture).
If you haven’t had lefse or don’t know what it is, here’s the Google definition: Lefse (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈlɛfsə]) is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. It is made with potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream. It is cooked on a large, flat griddle. Special tools are used to prepare lefse, including long wooden turning sticks and special rolling pins with deep grooves.
As I shared in my blog post about my Ancestry DNA results (which you can read here), I am almost entirely Scandinavian, which means many of our family traditions had been brought over from Norway generations ago. 🙂 In fact, we still use my great-grandma’s exact lefse recipe passed down to her! While I won’t be sharing her exact recipe, you can find a similar one here if you want to attempt some lefse yourself!
What I will be sharing today, though, is a whole bunch of photos from our annual lefse factory. Enjoy!
There’s our little walk down memory lane!
If you plan on enjoying some lefse of your own, just butter it, and add some sugar, cinnamon sugar, or brown sugar! Those are the typical ways to eat it. We also use it to make Norwegian breakfast burritos – we just fill it with eggs, sausage, cheese, etc. and drizzle it with hollandaise sauce. It is phenomenal!
Have you tried lefse? Homemade or storebought? Share with us in the comments below!