It’s time to cook…Lefsa!

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?

love kelley
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6 Responses to It’s time to cook…Lefsa!

  1. joannie sparks says:

    Glad to know you have such fond memories of your family. I have none of grandparents or any relatives i wish i had something to past down like that, My mother people from colorado but i think they were irish and? and my father from kanas but from germany. I know my mothers mother dies when she was 17 and she married my father who went to vietnam years later never to be heard from again so we kind of fell off the grid and winded up in Georgia without any relatives. Please conti. to teach your children some of the older ways. I wish i could now i have a great grandson. thanks for the receipt. I am going to try it. Thanks joannie

    • Joannie,

      It’s NEVER to late to start a family tradition!!! So start a new family tradition. And who knows 30 years from now a blog post could be all about you and a tradition that you help start.

  2. Cheryl Free says:

    These sound delicious, and it looks like everyone had fun making them :)
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  3. Anne says:

    Found you through Mommy Moments!!!! So glad I did to!!!! This looks great!!!
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