How to make Lefse

  • Author: Jenna
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 - 10 min
  • Total Time: 36 minute
  • Yield: 42 flatbreads 1x


Lefse is a traditional Norwegian flatbread made from cooked potatoes. Up in the Midwest, we like to serve the lefse with softened butter.



  • 7 cups of potatoes, peeled
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of flour


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.
  2. Run hot potatoes through a potato ricer into a large bowl. Beat butter, cream, salt, and sugar into riced potatoes. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir flour into potato mixture to form a soft dough. Pull off pieces of dough and form into walnut-sized balls. Lightly flour a clean cloth and roll out lefse balls to 1/8-inch thick.
  4. Heat a griddle over high heat.
  5. Cook lefse on the hot griddle until brown blisters form, about 1 minute per side. Place cooked lefse on a damp towel to cool slightly. Repeat with remaining dough, stacking them on top of each other as they're cooked; cover until ready to serve

  • Category: Medium
  • Method: Combine
  • Cuisine: American

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