Lefse

My great grandpa sailed his own ship from Norway to the US over 100 years ago. He brought with him many Norwegian traditions that have been passed down through my family. My favorite of these traditions is making lefse every year for Christmas. Lefse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. It is made with potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream. It is cooked on a large, flat griddle. It is traditionally eaten with fish, potatoes, butter and peas. My family also rolls brown sugar and melted butter as a dessert.  My great grandma used to make them and now my grandma does. They roll the dough, cook it on a griddle, and dry it out. Once it is dried, it saves very well. That is why lefse was a common food for sailors on ships. It saved for a really long time without needing to be frozen. Once my family comes over for Christmas, my grandma takes it out and rehydrates it. Lefse is a favorite food throughout my family and it reminds me of my heritage and past.

Year: 1912

– Truman Kester

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more