Traditional Norwegian Potato Lefsa that's usually reserved for holiday meals. NOTE: It is important that dough balls stay cold till they are rolled out.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Peel potatoes and place them in a large pot with a large amount of water. Bring water to a boil, and let the potatoes boil until soft. Drain and mash well.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 8 cups mashed potatoes, cream, butter, salt, and sugar. Cover potatoes and refrigerate over night.

  • Mix flour into the mashed potatoes and roll the mixture into balls about the size of tennis balls, or smaller depending on preference. Keep balls of dough on plate in the refrigerator.

  • Taking one ball out of the refrigerator at a time, roll dough balls out on a floured board. To keep the dough from sticking while rolling it out, it helps to have a rolling pin with a cotton rolling pin covers.

  • Fry the lefsa in a grill or in an iron skillet at very high heat. If lefsa brown too much, turn the heat down. After cooking each piece of lefsa place on a dishtowel. Fold towel over lefsa to keep warm. Stack lefsa on top of each other and keep covered to keep from drying out.

Nutrition Facts

755.6 calories; protein 16.6g 33% DV; carbohydrates 133.4g 43% DV; fat 18.1g 28% DV; cholesterol 50.9mg 17% DV; sodium 989.4mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I was raised on Lefsa. I had lost my recipe when my mother past away. Now I will be able to keep the tradition alive. Thank you!!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2008
The correct Norwegian spelling is Lefse not Lefsa. Lef-sa is how it may look phonetically. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I was raised on Lefsa. I had lost my recipe when my mother past away. Now I will be able to keep the tradition alive. Thank you!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
lefsa. the best of all norwegian foods. I've made lefsa so many times its not funny. its abetter ideanot to stack the lefsa though, because it may stick togeter. use some wax paper in between each piece Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2004
Thank You as the other reviewer I had lost this family tradition. Exactly the way I remember making with my dad. Favorite was butter and brown sugar, Thanks again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2008
I love Lefsa this recipes is great. I was taught to us the mash potatoes and 1/2 cup of flour for every cup of mashed potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2008
The correct Norwegian spelling is Lefse not Lefsa. Lef-sa is how it may look phonetically. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2008
My Whole family LOVES lefsa! The kids like it with butter & sugar (brown or white) or cinnamin & sugar then they roll it up. It goes fast! My Husband's Grandmother makes this & every time we go out to visit her we bring back bunches of it. It stores very well in the freezer for even a year. She says it is very time consuming & you need a big nonstick frying pan or maybe a wok. She bought a special lefsa pan online though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2007
The lefsa was great however it made WAY too much!!!! I made it for a party and had tons of leftovers. This makes enough for about 18-20. Other than that it was delicious and everyone loved it! We sprinkled with butter cinnamon and sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2010
I've made this recipe using leftover mashed potatoes. Mix everything while the potatoes are hot to mix easier then I fridge it overnight. I omitted the cream and used milk and butter. It worked just fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2011
This is exactly how my grandfather made lefse I used to love watching him in action! BTW to the reviewer that thought it might be a good idea to try garlic mashed potatoes or red potatoes: No please. Read More
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