Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread recipe that is quite easy, delicious, and can be made vegan as well as gluten-free! Warm and soft, filled with savory meats or sweet cinnamon-sugar apples, lefse is one of my favorite childhood food memories.
When I was a girl, my Norwegian Grandmother would make lefse for our family during the holidays. Over the years, the tradition has continued and been passed down to us grandkids!
This lefse Norwegian flatbread recipe is made with a potato dough, so it’s perfect for using up any leftover mashed potatoes! We usually make a large batch of lefse flatbread for Thanksgiving so that we have enough for turkey-lefse leftovers! 🙂
1/2 Cup Namaste Gluten-Free Flour (plus 2-3 Tbsp additional for rolling)
*If using plain, unseasoned mashed potatoes add: 1/2 tsp Salt, Pepper to taste, 2 Tbsp of Butter or Coconut Oil, and Whole Fat Coconut Milk until creamy.
Preheat flat griddle to 375f or medium-high heat.
In medium bowl, gradually mix the gluten-free flour with the creamy mashed potatoes until a soft dough develops. Dough should be soft and moldable, but not sticky.
Transfer dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently shape the potato dough into a flat disc shape.
Using a floured rolling pin, gently begin rolling the dough into a thin rectangle shape (we make our lefse slightly thick, about 1/8" thick, but you can roll dough thinner if desired). Dust the dough and rolling pin with additional gluten-free flour if dough begins to stick.*
Slice dough into preferred sizes and shapes, then lightly prick the surface of the dough with a fork.
Cook lefse on the preheated griddle 3-5 minutes per side until each side is lightly golden-brown speckled.
Transfer cooked pieces of lefse onto a plate and keep covered with a cloth to keep warm and allow the steam to keep the flatbread soft and pliable.
*If you prefer, shape dough into individual golf-ball sized balls and roll into separate thin tortillas instead of slicing into shapes.
Flatbread is a delicious addition to any meal of the day and enjoyed by cultures world-round (such as Indian Naan, French Crepes, and Mexico’s Tortillas). If you’ve never tried Norwegian Lefse, now may be the time to broaden your repertoire!