Lefsa is something that my sisters and I made with our mother every holiday season. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it in my family, and I would like to share it with you.
4 cups riced potatoes (really do need to be riced)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
Cut up potatoes like you would for any other mashed potato recipe and boil until fork tender. With a potato ricer, smash potatoes into a large bowl and butter and let melt mix together. For easier to work with dough place in the fridge to cool for 2 hours. Mix in the rest of the ingredients in, be sure to add the flour a little at a time and stir until smooth. We use a classic Norwegian rolling pin with the small grooves into covered by a baking cloth, but this is not necessary. Make balls out the dough about the size of your palm and roll out on a well-floured surface until they are about the thickness of a tortilla.
On a flat top grill on medium heat, cook the lefsa about 30 seconds per side or until it just starts to curl around the edges. There will be a few brown spots that appear on the surface, but don’t worry you want this to happen. Serve warm or cold with butter, and for a sweet treat try adding a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.
Think about what you can make for the holiday season that can become a family tradition that could be passed on for years to come.
Is there a dish that has to do with your family’s heritage?