Lefse (Potato Flatbread)

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 30 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 18 to 20 servings
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3 pounds red-skinned potatoes, peeled and cut into uniform pieces

One 5-ounce can evaporated milk

2/3 cup neutral oil, such as canola

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed


Special equipment:
a lefse grill, optional
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Rice the potatoes into a large bowl. Add the evaporated milk, oil, sugar and salt and mix well. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate for a few hours and up to overnight.
  3. When ready to make the lefse, add 2 1/2 cups flour to the potato mixture and mix well. The dough should be sticky and hold together, but not so sticky it's impossible to work with; if necessary, add the remaining 1/2 cup flour. Divide the dough into 2 logs. Cut each log into 9 or 10 pieces and shape into small balls. Work with one dough ball at a time and keep the rest in the fridge.
  4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat (or a lefse grill to 400 degrees F). Generously dust a work surface with flour and flour a rolling pin. Roll one dough ball in flour, then use the heel of your hand to press it into a thick disk. Roll the disc into a circle about 1/4 inch thick, lifting and flipping frequently so it doesn't stick; use more flour as needed.
  5. Use a large offset spatula to transfer the lefse to the grill pan (or lefse grill). Cook until the lefse is steaming and small bubbles appear on the uncooked side, about 1 minute. Flip and cook for another 1 minute on the second side. Transfer the lefse to a clean dish towel and cover with another. Repeat, stacking the lefse atop one another between the dish towels.
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