Family Traditions, one of the major things that brought me back to Minnesota!
My mom’s side of the family gets together every year around the Holidays for three different events: cookie bake, pie bake, and lefse rolling! It is so much fun and it’s perfect because then you have lots of extra goodies for holiday celebrations and it’s a good excuse to just get together.
Last weekend we got together at my sister’s place to make Lefse and Flatbread! Lefse is my favorite. It is a traditional Norwegian flatbread.
And let me tell you getting together with these ladies for these events is serious business. My aunt Anne always has everything perfectly planned out, including lunch breaks. We each have our stations…on Lefse day we had 8 ladies, 2 griddle flippers, 3 rollers, and 1 packager…and a couple floaters for back-up….
Each year we always make my Grandma Bergland’s Lefse recipe, and it is always a hit.
Grandma Helen Bergland’s recipe:
5# Russet Potatoes
2/3 c. oil
1/2 c. evaporated milk
2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
Peel, cook potatoes, drain and then rice or mash.
This year my girlfriend told me that instead of peeling your potatoes prior that I could literally pull the skin off with my hands after cooked. So I tried it and it was amazing! Instead of spending 20+ minutes peeling potatoes it took me all of 30 seconds. Once the potatoes were done cooking I threw them into cold water, waited 5 minutes, grabbed the potatoes with a firm grasp and pulled them right off.
Once peeled, rice the potatoes.
Once riced, add oil, milk, salt, sugar. Mix well. Cool in fridge. I always prepare the mixture the night before I roll.
When you are ready to roll you will add 3 c. flour. At this point do not over mix. I start with 1 1/2 cups before adding more. Mixing with your hands work best. Once you have mixed, scoop into balls.
You are ready to roll! Roll out the dough with a rolling pin, trying to make the best circle that you can. Once rolled flip onto the griddle.
Grandma Bergland’s rule is…steam, flip, flip. Once it starts steaming, which is seconds after you put it onto the griddle, flip. Once it bubbles a little, flip, and done. We always put sheets over our tables for the lefse to cool on.
Some of us are a little better at rolling the perfect circles than others… haha!
Uff da!! After 5 hours of rolling we cranked out hundreds of pieces of lefse. Everyone likes to eat their Lefse a little differently. Typically it is served with butter and sugar. I like just sugar and my sister likes butter and cinnamon and sugar. To each their own. How do you like your lefse served?