Norwegian Potato Flatbread (Lefse)


This is my take on Norwegian flatbread. Without really knowing what I was doing, these came out delightfully tender, supple, almost fabric-like in texture, and tasting deliciously like something between a crepe and a potato pancake. They're traditionally served with butter and a sprinkle of sugar, but I also enjoy them with some smoked salmon, sour cream, and fresh dill. My other favorite topping combo is butter and some kind of berry jam and sour cream.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 55 mins
8 lefse


  • 1 large russet potato

  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line an oven-safe skillet or baking pan with aluminum foil.

  2. Poke the potato skin all over with a knife and place on the prepared pan.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until very tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 1 hour. Let sit until cool enough to handle but still very warm.

  4. Scoop potato flesh out into a bowl. Mash smooth with the back of a spatula until there are no lumps left. You can also use a potato ricer. Add the butter and mix until it disappears. Add the salt, sugar, and cream; mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

  5. Mix in flour in several additions until the dough is able to be kneaded by hand. Add enough flour to form a soft, but not too sticky, dough. You need to be able to roll it out fairly thin without it falling apart.

  6. Wrap dough with plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  7. Divide dough into 8 portions. Dust each with flour and roll out onto a well-floured kitchen towel to 1/8-inch thick, or thinner.

  8. Heat a very lightly buttered nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Cook the lefse in the hot pan, poking the surface lightly with a fork, until golden brown blisters form, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Stack on a plate as they're cooked and keep covered with a towel. Serve warm.

Chef's Notes:

Your russet potato should weight about 18 ounces raw, which yields about 12 ounces once cooked and scooped out.

Feel free to substitute regular milk for the cream.

I hear from my Norwegian friends that you can freeze these and reheat them when you want them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

139 Calories
5g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 139
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 217mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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