T Tuesday: lefse edition

Today for T stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a bit of my Norwegian heritage.

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Lefse is made from potatoes, evaporated milk, butter, flour and a touch of sugar and salt.

It’s a two day process. The first day you boil the potatoes and add everything but the flour. The potatoes then have to sit overnight to cool. I make my mashed potatoes as if I’m going to to be making lefse…that way if there are leftovers and I’m so inclined they are ready to go.

I use my Kitchen Aid mixer to stir in the flour. That mixer was our very first major purchase as a married couple even though we really couldn’t afford it at the time.  I told Mr. G that I was going to need one to be as good of cook as my mom.  I use it all the time!  We’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth out of that machine.

t tuesday: lefse edition | Halles Hobbies

The trick to good lefse is rolling them very thin without using a ton of flour.  Its a balancing act between having the potatoes to wet and sticky and having a dry flavorless lefse.

t tuesday: lefse edition | Halles Hobbies

The thin lefse is rolled onto the turning stick (to the right in the photo) then placed on the grill. I got this grill at an auction almost 20 years ago for $7 and it was brand new still in the box! They retail for well over $100.

The lefse is cooked on each side for 1-2 minutes.

There is nothing low cal, low carb about this treat. I like just butter on mine before rolling and inhaling eating. Many use butter and sugar, some cinnamon sugar. It’s really a personal preference and usually a family traditional way to serve them.

Big J drove me to deliver some to a few special Norwegians around here yesterday afternoon. It’s always nice to see those smiling faces when I hand over this decadent treat. Makes the work totally worth it!

We’ve got freezing drizzle coming down today so I’m likely sticking close to home.

What are you doing today?


  1. Debbiesays: Reply

    Lefse looks really delicious–sort of like an unstuffed crepe, right?

    It is raining but thankfully too warm to freeze here. Have to run out to an appointment for hubby and then hope to have time to work on a jewelry order I got last week. Have a nice T Day!

  2. OMGOSH!!! I absolutely LOVE lefse!!!!! I was raised eating it….yes we did the sugar and cinnamon. There is only one place to get it is this region and that is about three hours drive from here, but still not as good as what I had as a kid.
    When we first came to California, from North Dakota, my little brother and I thought flour tortillas were lefse…….LOL Boy, were we surprised!!
    What fond memories your post brought back.
    Happy T-day

  3. Linda Ksays: Reply

    that looks like a wonderful treat! It is reminding me of an Irish lunch I had recently(I’ll post pics next week)called “boxty”. It is thin like yours and somehow made with potato too and then filled and rolled-yum! your bargain grill is perfect for making your lefse. Happy T day!

  4. i love lefse and have made boller too from my time staying with friends near Trondheim..takk for bringing back happy memories

  5. That’s a beautifully delicate pattern in your china cup. So sweet. There’s no Norwegian in my family background, but I think I’d like this treat 🙂

    Happy T Tuesday!

  6. Susansays: Reply

    This re minded me of a staple food that we have in India. It looks exactly try like this and is made from wheat flour. Sometimes we also add mashed potatoes n onions to the dough.
    So nice to learn how similar some things
    Happy T day

  7. Can you believe that I never had lefse until I was in my 20’s? I know, I was a bad Minnesotan! The first time I had it, it was the store-bought kind. My friend’s roommate had some to share, and I thought it was tortillas. It made funny-tasting quesadillas, let me tell you. :/ But now I’m married to a guy with Norwegian roots, so I’ve had homemade lefse at family gatherings. It’s yummy–and tastes much better with butter and sugar than with shredded cheese. 🙂

  8. I’ve never heard of lefse before, but I love mashed potatoes, so they sound good. I’d do the butter only, too. They really DO sound decadent.

    Thanks for sharing your lefse, your lovely cup of coffee, and your gift of sharing with us for T this Tuesday.

  9. dawnsays: Reply

    Hello and Happy T Day! I have never heard of these before or your little grill. I would make a total mess of mine I’m sure. Glad you could enjoy some and so nice to share them with friends. Hope you stayed warm and dry, it’s a bit misty here too. Thanks for sharing and have a good week.

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