Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lefsa Recipe

I finished this years lefsa! It takes me all afternoon to make a batch, but it's worth it. We love it with butter and sugar or just plain....but I do NOT eat it with lutefisk! That's one thing I could never learn to eat. The smell alone is enough to turn me off! Every year we had lutefisk and lefsa for Christmas Dinner. My Dad would  take a lefsa and pile on some lutefisk, pour melted butter on it before rolling it up to eat it. He made me take a bite each year..hoping I'd grow to like it. It never worked!

BUT..... I do LOVE lefsa!

I make my lefsa a small, round, plate sized shape, that when rolled up looks like this:

My recipe makes about 70 and we eat every one! I don't have a lefsa grill, but I do use a lefsa stick, board, and rolling pin. I just fry them in a non stick pan.

I was taught how to make lefsa when I was a kid and I have made it every year since I learned how. A few years ago, I got this book for's a fun read..and also has some great hints and helps on making lefsa. It also has alot of recipes for lefsa.

Lefsa recipes can be very controversial. Everyone has an opinion and of course, and thinks theirs is the best. I like em all! But after trying alot of lefsa recipes over the years, this one is my favorite. I like using real potatoes...I think it gives a better flavor.

{Here's a link to my post last year on lefsa.}


12 c. boiled and riced potatoes {7-8 lb. white russets}
1 c. whipping cream
1 and 1/2 sticks butter
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. salt

Melt butter,add sugar,salt and cream. Mix into riced potatoes while they are still warm. Cool over night. Mix half at a time..2 cups flour with each half. Roll out and fry.


Louanne said...

These look terrific, Laurie! I'd eat them with butter, too. When I was in Minnesota about 3 years ago, I actually made an attempt to try lutefisk, but couldn't make it past the smell, either!

Lorri said...

I sooooooooo wish I knew you were doing this, I would have flown there to learn how!! My daughter and I have this on our BUCKET LIST! Someday!!!!! We go to an annual Scandinavian Christmas dinner every year and each year I swear I am going to learn how to make this! THANKS for sharing, can you fly to AZ and teach us??? :)

Katerina said...

I haven't heard of lefsa before, but looking at these little beauties I see what I miss.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Ooo one of my favorite holiday treats! I made it for the first time last year, but I make it with 7up in it! Really makes it nice and fluffy. For a project in my Advertising Management class, we worked with the Beltrami Historical Society to make some advertisements for the annual Lefse Festival that takes place every December in Bemidji--so much great lefse there!! You should look into it for next year. You can win lots of prizes too :-)

ardys said...

Hi Lefsa Lovers - ? When sticking is a problem does it need more flour? al

laurie said...

Yes, if is too sticky, use flour on the board to help roll it out. Just be careful..the more flour, often the tougher it will get!

John Hansen said...

My mother-in-law makes it and sends to us. I always put peanut butter and lingonberry on mine. It's awesome!

Lisa Jennings said...

This was a every holiday treat when I was growing up in Mn. (Lute Fisk miraculously ended up on my uncles plate since he sat next to me) We put butter and brown sugar on it. I actually had a lefsa griddle but lost it in our many moves (6 times in as many years) I was going to make it today as my son has been begging for it since returning from the army, but I don't have all the ingredients. I'll just chill the potatoes and make it tomorrow morning I guess...sigh