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Lefse

A Christmas family tradition. Everyone getting together and doing a big lefse cook off.

Prep
Cook
Serves 24people
Ingredients
5
lb yukon gold potatoes
salt (3 wee palm fulls per pot of potatoes
1
/2. lb. lard
2
eggs
10
cups flour
baking powder - 4 'shakes' from the container (about 2 tsp
Directions
1.
COOK POTATOES
2.
Boil potatoes with salt. Add double the salt you normally would. Cut potatoes to small-ish pieces.
3.
Overcook the potatoes
4.
Mash and rice them when hot (or use the meat grinder attachment for a mixer)
5.
Spoon in potatoes and squeeze into a large bowl on top of the lard. Make sure there are no lumps or no potatoes get over the side of the ricer or it will get lumpy.
6.
Smooth the top of potatoes - nice and smooth.
7.
Cover with a damp tea towel.
8.
Put in fridge or very cool place overnight.
9.
NEXT DAY
10.
Get it out of the fridge so that it's not too cold.
11.
Separate the potato mix into two halves. Leave one half in the bowl, covered by the damp tea towel.
12.
Put the other half in a new mixing bowl and mix with hands 1 egg that has been slightly beaten. Makes the lefse lighter.
13.
Mix in one 'hand' of flour (1/2c.) and add 4 'shakes' (2tsp.) of baking powder in with the flour.
14.
Keep adding flour by hand sprinkles until it comes away from the edge of the bowl easily.
15.
NEXT DAY
16.
Clean and scrape counter top, sprinkle flour
17.
Place dough on the counter top and knead the dough until it feels right, not too sticky
18.
Keep adding flour by putting flour on your hands as you knead. (putting more flour makes it easier to roll out). If fingers make 'dents', use more flour.
19.
Shape into elongated roll and put a damp cloth on it, using a cutlery knife, cut the 'roll'.
20.
Put grills on as high as they will go.
21.
Take a wee bit from the roll, enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and cover the 'roll' again with the damp cloth.
22.
ROLLING - Make a round ball, a 'patty'.
23.
If stick, add flour on top until not sticky.
24.
Roll twice on a lightly floured counter and then flip.
25.
Keep rolling as long as it 'moves' on the counter (is not stuck). Keep adding flour so it doesn't stick to the counter.
26.
Keep turning over and over with the lefse stick, fold over the lefse stick with the stick. Barely on the lefse.
27.
Roll lightly, NOT hard.
28.
Don't lift unless you know it isn't stuck.
29.
Try to 'roll in' any holes.
30.
Brush off excess flour when you flip it over.
31.
Try not to 'play' with it too much.
32.
Make sure there are no lumps.
33.
Needs to be thin as possible (NO HORSE BLANKETS!)
34.
Always put flour on the bottom when rolling.
35.
Make 'cross' marks on the lefse, roll one way, then the opposite way.
36.
Always keep the counter clean. Scrape with the stick.
37.
Keep the little dough bits off your hands. So wash your hands once in a while. Dough bits are hard and will make holes.
38.
Use lefse stick and roll the lefse up onto the stick.
39.
Hold stick close to the table when rolling it up.
40.
"Look after the edges and the middle will take care of itself"
41.
COOKING
42.
Lift the roll on the lefse stick and move to the hot grill.
43.
Unroll slowly on the grill with the lefse stick, use your fingers.
44.
Cook the same time on both sides.
45.
Turn over after a couple of minutes- there are usually bubbles and the bottom is slightly brown when you peek under with the lefse stick.
46.
Only turn once.
47.
When cooking, don't pat the lefse down.
48.
Clean the grill after each time it is used - so there is no flour on the grill.
49.
FINISHING
50.
Spread out tea towels on the table for the lefse when cooked.
51.
Take off the grill with the lefse stick.
52.
Put lefse on the tea towel (dry) and cover immediately with a damp cloth on top.
53.
If one is 'hard-ish', cover it directly with a hot lefse and then the damp cloth and it may soften up.
54.
After lefse is 'cool-ish' you can put them half on top of each other.
55.
When cold, fold in half, then half again.
56.
Bag in good plastic bags and refrigerate or freeze.
57.
Usually four lefse go in each bag - 'a serving for guests'.
58.
Don't wash the lefse stick or rolling pins. Just brush the flour off.
59.
AMEN!!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!

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