If you have strong Scandinavian ties, you may well know of lutefisk, the more odorous of the traditional foods that grace the holiday table at Christmas time in Norway and Sweden. Boiled and treated in a lye solution, it is a holdover from medieval days when Christmas was a fasting time. A tastier (and less smelly) treat, though, is lefse, thin pancakes, made with leftover potatoes. Lefse serves as a simple surface for jams, jellies, butter, sugar and cinnamon, or rolled and eaten hot off the griddle.
Here’s a recipe if you want to take this “project” on, but there’s no better way to get the gist of this Norwegian flatbread than to show you.
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