When I married into a family that is half-Swedish and half-Finnish, my world instantly became enriched by food I’d heard mention of but never tasted. One such holiday staple is: LEFSA (which, quite simply, is a potato tortilla). This simple but flavor-packed treat can be eaten with butter or, as my hubby prefers: LOTS of butter then sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. We’ve also tried them with a savoury filling such as scrambled eggs.
My mother-in-law, Mae Salonen, taught me how to make these, but I’ll go on record saying, “She was a better woman/homemaker than me.” I make these every year, but I’m no martyr–I would never attempt this task alone. I enlist the help of my husband.
And last year, we started passing along the tradition by teaching our daughter-in-law, Ruth, how to make them. The recipe is simple, but the process is…a process. Watch the video and you’ll get an idea. But don’t let our process scare you away from trying this out for yourself. Lefsa is yummy. Really yummy. And the team effort makes it more of an adventure. This year, our eldest granddaughter has expressed an interest in helping. My mother-in-law will smiling down from heaven.
Be warned. Once word gets out that you’re making lefsa, everyone will want in on the action. We had friends drive up from the valley to watch–and sample. This was Ruth’s first time, but she has a deft hand–she’s a natural. So, obviously, even a beginner can master this tag-team cooking adventure.
What are your favorite family treats to make/bake?
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