Making Homemade Lefse, The ‘Norwegian Tortilla’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s no secret that many Minnesotans love Lefse.

It’s a traditional soft, Norwegian flatbread made out of flour, potatoes, sour cream and sometimes lard.

While it’s a holiday tradition Jamie Yuccas has tried before, she never experienced how to make it until now.

George Melquist has been making the holiday tradition for more than 30 years.

Melquist was equipped with special tools, a Norweign Heritage and was willing to give a lesson to both Yuccas as well as his daughter Heidi Still.

Melquist got his special tools — including the long wooden turning sticks and pins with grooves — at Uff Da in Red Wing.

You can also flavor it many different ways. While the Melquist family sticks to the basics like butter and sugar, others put jelly, peanut butter or even lutefish in it.


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