Lompe and lefse

Lefse is a soft flatbread that is a big part of Norwegian food heritage. Lefse is made out of potato, milk or cream (or lard) and flour, and cooked on a big hot slab called a griddle. You need special tools for lefse baking, long turning sticks and rolling pins, made from wood.

Lefse comes in several thicknesses, and is usually served with butter, cinnamon and sugar between the layers. Lefse is also traditionally served with lutefisk, you roll up the fish in the lefse. It’s also served with sylte, a traditional Norwegian and Swedish Christmas bread spread, which you don’t want to know about what really is, and I don’t want to think about how it’s made, because I eat it. You can also use lefse as a tortilla.

A special type of lefse is “lompe”, a small and thin version of lefse witch is rolled around a hot dog, in stead (or together with) the regular hot dog bun. This is the customary way to eat hot dogs in Norway, especially on 17th of May. You wrap your sausage in them together with ketchup and mustard, and I personally think it’s very strange that lomper is not something that have caught on in other countries. Sausage in a bun is good, and we do have buns in Norway too (very good if you want to put a lot of relish on your sausage), but lompe has a great taste that goes very well together with a sausage.

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7 Responses to Lompe and lefse

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  3. Samantha Baros says:

    I love lefse! I usually out butter and sugar on mine. Your blog is very interesting. I look forward to stopping by and seeing all the cool things you post!


  4. Kathy says:

    Do you know if there is a place in Norway that teaches Americans how to make lefse?


    • It’s not an easy thing to learn, but I know Norsk Folkemuseum at Bygdøy just outside Oslo have had it as a part of their exhibit.
      Courses for Norwegians are over 4 nights, 16 hours! I guess you are a professional after that.

  5. Sha Delasancha says:

    Great little quick read. Blogs always spark new ideas in me. I love that!

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