Norwegian Potato and Rye Pancake Flatbreads - Lefse

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

These famous Norwegian Potato Pancakes are more like flatbreads; they are traditionally eaten with butter and cream as a dessert, or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar as an accompaniment to coffee. I think these would be wonderful eaten with fried bacon and mushrooms, for a delicious brunch and breakfast idea. The Norwegians will also eat these with local goat's cheese, snofrisk, or with dried/smoked reindeer meat.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 500 g boiled potatoes, mashed
  • 100 g rye flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fat (for cooking)


  1. Put the mashed potatoes into a large bowl and add the flour, sugar and salt - mix well.
  2. Add some water - bit by bit, kneading well so it makes a pliable dough.
  3. Take little balls from the dough - the size of a small egg and roll them out thinly on a well floured surface.
  4. Heat up a flat griddle, hotplate or skillet and cook the Lefse with a little fat until the dough bubbles.
  5. Turn them over and cook the other side.
  6. When the Lefse have been cooked - they should be smooth and soft.
  7. Eat them as I have suggested in the Introduction!
  8. For Vegetarian make sure the Fat is from a Vegetable product such as vegetable oil not from an animal product such as lard.
Most Helpful

We REALLY liked these. We put a strawberry compote on top with sugar - very good! I have to share though... Tom says they taste like McDonald's hash browns and dipped some of them in ketchup :-) They were delish both ways (and he is right, they are good in ketchup too!). Made for ZWT3.

CandyTX June 28, 2007