Author Karen Hall is here is with a recipe for Lefse. They sound a lot like something my sister makes we call potato dumplings. My sister got the recipe from her mother-in-law and we all love it! This recipe sounds great also.
(With apologies to my ancestors, a.k.a. “the Norwegian tortilla”)
1 cup loosely packed riced cooked potatoes
1/3 cup white flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons soft butter
Boil the potatoes until soft. Drain. Cool, then put through a ricer or large sieve.
Combine the ingredients and cut in with a pastry cutter or your fingers to make a soft dough. Divide dough into five balls. Using a rolling pin cover and lots of flour, roll each ball into a thin circle. Carefully shake off excess flour and transfer the dough sheets, one at a time, to a dry griddle or large frying pan, and cook over medium high heat for a minute or two. When lightly browned, turn and cook the other side.
Serve warm with butter and sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, soft cheese or anything else that needs to be conveyed from plate to mouth.
Variation: For those with celiac disease, substitute potato flour for white flour. The result tastes much like French fries.
Karen Hall, an environmental engineer and writer, lives in the Black Hills outside Rapid City, SD, with her husband Jeff Nelsen and their two cats, Rocky and Junior. After obtaining an English literature degree at the University of Minnesota, she spent time as an editor, lifeguard, graphics designer, marketing executive, bank teller, secretary and cherry picker (really—Yakima Valley, Washington). None of them fit her well, so she went back to school for degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering, and spent nearly nine years working in Minnesota’s oil industry. She left to start her own environmental consulting business—and to devote more time to writing. Her first novel, Unreasonable Risk, published in 2006, is a thriller about sabotage in an oil refinery. Ms. Hall has also published several short stories and travel pieces. She has recently finished a second thriller, Through Dark Spaces, set in the hard rock gold mining industry of the Black Hills, and is also working on a novel about infertility. Her website, currently under construction, is at www.karenehall.com. Please check back in a week or so.
About the Book
Unreasonable Risk is currently out of print, but is still available from amazon.com.