The Norwegian "Lefse"

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

Lefse is a soft variant of “flatbread” and a pillar of the Norwegian cuisine.

You find lefse in America where Norwegian-Americans perpetuated the tradition brought to the USA by their Norwegian ancestors more than a century ago.

Of course, the Americans hold the record for the biggest lefse ever made, in strong contrast to the humble Norwegian dish!

We can roughly divide lefse into two categories: sweet lefse and potato lefse. 

Sweet lefse are served around coffee with butter, sugar and cinnamon; folded and cut in pieces.

Potato lefser are eaten together with many of Norway’s traditional dishes such as Lutefisk, Rakfisk and cured meats.




The tradition of Lefse is presented in an interesting way and illustrated in the new book “Norwegian Food: Do they really eat this?” which launches tomorrow 10th October 2019! We ship worldwide. 


Read more about our amazing Norwegian friends in Our Social Guidebooks to Norway 



By Julien S. Bourrelle

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