Norwegian Lefse

{Written by: The Mrs.}
 
This is a traditional Norwegian bread, sometimes called a flat bread, potato tortilla or lefse.
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Lets see how many superlatives I can come up with for this wonderful (1) Norwegian tradition. We have been making and eating this sublime-ness(2) my whole life. It’s fantastic(3)! A remarkable (4) flat bread, kind of like a mind-blowing (5) tortilla but made with potatoes – so awesome (6).
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Recently at our Family Reunion we whipped up another enchanting (7) batch of fabulousness (8) and by we I mean my UncleTom and Cousin Ryan. I was the photographer and one of the eaters of this incredible (9) potato pancake. One of the many, many eaters.
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Here’s the recipe
 
Ingredients:
  • 10 lbs potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups flour 
  1. Dice and cover peeled potatoes with water and cook until done. 
  2. Push the potatoes through a potato ricer (this is like a large sieve) and it will make the potatoes into little elongated rice looking pieces. 
  3. Mix the butter, cream, salt and sugar into the diced potatoes. 
  4. Let all this cool to room temperature, then mix the flour into the potato mixture and form a 2  1/2″ diameter roll on a lightly floured surface.
  5. Cut the roll into 1/2″ thick slices and shape into balls
  6. Flatten balls with a flour covered rolling pin, to about an 1/8″ thick and 8″ round disk. You are trying to go pretty thin here like a crepe.
  7. Cook on a very hot (400*) griddle until slight puffy bubbles have formed and they are brown spotted on each side. 
  8. Place the cooked lefse between towels to keep warm and soft while you make more stupendous (10) lefse. 

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 Authentic, amazing (11), spectacular (12) Norwegian lefse makers use some specific equipment, potato ricer, a lefse griddle and some use a long very thin wooden spatula for flipping. But in truth with determination you can use the tools you have and left over potatoes. They will still be unbelievable (13)! 
Okay I’m done, I just really, really love this unimaginable (14) potato pancake! 
Really I’m done. 
 
{Susi}
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