I am proud of my Norwegian heritage and because of that my family and I celebrated Norway’s Constitution Day today by making my grandma’s recipe for lefsa. I have some GREAT memories of being in my grandma’s kitchen rolling lefsa with my mom and sister for hours and then only to have my dad and grandpa come in and steal a piece or two! OK who am I kidding they would eat it almost as fast as we could cook it.
I am so blessed that my grandma was able to share her heritage with me before she was taken from us to a better place (hold on for a second I need to get a tissue). Now I am so glad that I am able to keep the tradition alive with my four kids!
Now what is lefsa exactly? Think of it as the Norway version of a Spanish tortilla made with potatoes or sometimes it is compared to flat-bread. There are a few different types of lefsa but I make the thin version (Tynnlefse).
Do you need special equipment to make lefsa? No, but it is nice!
There are special rolling pins with grooves but I don’t have nor did my grandma use one. They look like this…
It is helpful to have a lefsa griddle. Now I have been lazy in the past and made them with just a HOT frying pan on the stove top. But a griddle will allow you to make larger lefsa pieces and cooks a bit faster. I also enjoy using my griddle for more than just lefsa, it is great for pancake breakfasts when you need to cook a lot of pancakes in hurry (like when your teenage son invites friends to spend the night)! It looks like this…
Lastly, if you are cooking the lefsa in the griddle it is helpful to have a lefsa turning stick I would be lost without mine but a regular old spatula would work too. Here is what it looks like…
So now that we know what equipment we need let’s start cooking!!!
I hope you enjoy lefsa as much as my family and I do!
What is your favorite grandma’s recipe?