How to Make Lefse ♥ Video & Recipe from a Lefse Expert

How to make lefse, the Scandinavian Christmas specialty. Step-by-step video, recipe and tips from expert lefse maker LeAnne Kruger.
Something special today, people! I'd like to introduce everyone to lefse [pronounced LEFF-suh], the specialty bread traditional at Christmas across Scandinavia, especially in Norway. Here to help is expert lefse-maker LeAnne Kruger, who's going to show us how to make lefse, step-by-step in video. LeAnne's lefse is so very tender, here she shares her recipe, experience, tips and techniques. Oh, I do hope you love this video! So please welcome LeAnne! (Recipe and video below.)

First, what is lefse? It's the Scandinavian specialty bread, a round, soft unleavened bread, thin like a French crepe, round like a tortilla, soft like a Swedish pancake. It has the same shape (round) and leavening (no yeast) as what the Indians call chapati or kulcha or roti, the Italians call piadina, the Greeks call pita, the Armenians call lavash and Americans call, well, pancakes. (A fascinating list, this!) And lefse fits on A Veggie Venture, where all recipes start with a vegetables, because lefse dough is made with potatoes!

LeAnne Kruger is a lefse-maker extraordinaire – and lucky her, married to Kim Kruger, a great guy and a much welcome addition to the family. (Did I not yet say? LeAnne and I are cousins! We grew up in Minnesota going to church lefse suppers every Christmas.) Professionally, Kim is a long-time story-teller, television producer and photographer. And aiii, his photography! Check out Kim's work on Winsome Spirit Imagery and Fine Art America. But back to video! Is anyone here a fan of Bath Crashers on television's DIY Network? Kim's the producer!

Awhile back, Kim and his best friend and fellow producer James Massey spent a weekend helping LeAnne document how she makes the most tender, flavorful lefse. It's LeAnne's video debut but I think you'll agree, the camera loves her! She is a natural!

Spinach Pinwheels ♥ with Pears & Dried Cranberries

Spinach Pinwheels with Pears & Dried Cranberries, a festive holiday appetizer from #AVeggieVenture. For Weight Watchers, just #PP1.
Today's vegetable recipe: A really pretty holiday appetizer, bright-green spinach tortillas wrapped around a pear-spinach-cranberry cream cheese filling. Easy to make, very popular on a buffet table or party spread! Low carb and surprisingly low in calories.

It's a tall order to fill but I keep my eyes peeled for easy appetizers that look nice and call for relatively inexpensive and accessible ingredients. Oh and I want them to be a little different but at the same time, still familiar! See what I mean about a "tall order"?!

This is the first time I've made tortilla rolls but it won't be the last. These are so pretty! And easy to make! And while I needed to let pears to ripen on the counter for a couple of days (wait! apples would have worked too, without the wait!) but everything else was already on hand.

Honey Pumpkin Pie ♥

Honey Pumpkin Pie, homemade and sweetened with honey instead of processed sugar. Recipe from #AVeggieVenture
Yum! Homemade pumpkin pie, here sweetened with honey instead of processed sugar. The filling is soft and smooth and dreamy good. Make this with either canned pumpkin or roasted fresh pumpkin.

~recipe & photo updated & republished 2014~
~more recently updated recipes~

2007: "If I were a guy, I'd only eat pie. Oh my, oh sigh, please feed me pie." Okay, so it's awful poetry. But the pie? It's completely dreamy. The honey is wonderful as the sweetener, adding an edgy complexity to the pumpkin custard. I'll be making this pie again on Thanksgiving, it's just lovely.

I made the pie twice, once with fresh pumpkin and then again with canned pumpkin. Which is better? Well, you'll have to decide because it depends.

FRESH PUMPKIN The fresh pumpkin made a pie sweetly pale in color and subtly delicate in flavor. It's the 'foodie' choice for people who are curious about food and welcome adaptation – and it's my personal pick, forever and ever. (Plus, I getting requests from the taste tasters, "So when are you going to make another pumpkin pie?")

CANNED PUMPKIN But pie made with canned pumpkin looked and tasted exactly like we've been trained to know as pumpkin pie. It's the 'safe' choice for people who are saddled with tradition and only eat what they know.

2010: I just love it when recipes stand up to the test of time! This is a lovely pumpkin pie, sweetened so gently with honey. I used canned pumpkin again, gosh it's convenient. But I'm off to buy a pie pumpkin, this deserves another life with roasted pumpkin!

COMPLIMENTS!
"Good pie! ... Excited to find a recipe that doesn't use refined sugar." ~ Rebekah

Simple Scalloped Potatoes ♥ Recipe

Simple Scalloped Potatoes, just five ingredients, crispy on the bottom, crispy on the top. #AVeggieVenture
graphic button small size size 10 How to make scalloped potatoes with just five ingredients, thin-thin layers of potato, the bottom gets as crispy as good hashed browns and the top layer gets crispy like kettle chips! This may be a "simple" recipe for scalloped potatoes but the results are most impressive. graphic button small size size 10

Hello again, veggie lovers! It's November and at A Veggie Venture, that means it's time to go crazy for the real stars on the Thanksgiving table, the vegetables! I've been collecting especially-for-Thanksgiving vegetable recipes since 2006. After A Veggie Venture readers voted for their top Thanksgiving vegetables, I collected all those recipes in one convenient place, Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables. In 2014, I decided to learn how to cook potatoes really, really well and oh man! these recipes are worth checking out! Today? Simple-simple scalloped potatoes, just five ingredients!

And so this exploration of the lowly potato continues. By rights, 2014 will go down as the Year of the Potato here at A Veggie Venture, going way back to Midsummer when we ate our weight in new potatoes during a long holiday in Finland, Estonia and Sweden. Remember Finnish Summer Potato Salad? Yeah, my ode to Finnish Potatoes.

But until now, I've yet to master a really good scalloped potato, what the French call Potatoes Lyonnaise or a "potato gratin" – and while it's possible, even typical, to go all out out and cheesy with scalloped potatoes, here I wanted something extraordinary and yet extraordinarily simple. These potatoes are, indeed, all about the potatoes, in my dish, sixteen thin-thin layers of russet potatoes enriched with just enough cream to hold them together. They are dramatic on the table and cut into tight squares.

Simple yes but also extraordinary.

Slow Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes ♥ Recipe

Slow Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes, easy to make, especially good for kitchens short on oven space or burners. For Weight Watchers, #PP4. #AVeggieVenture
graphic button small size size 10 Today's easy slow cooker recipe: How to cook new potatoes in a slow cooker completely unattended, then mash for creamy, garlicky "smashed" potatoes. graphic button small size size 10

Hello again, veggie lovers! It's November and at A Veggie Venture, that means it's time to go crazy for the real stars on the Thanksgiving table, the vegetables! I've been collecting especially-for-Thanksgiving vegetable recipes since 2006. After A Veggie Venture readers voted for their top Thanksgiving vegetables, I collected all those recipes in one convenient place, Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables. In 2014, I'm learning how to cook potatoes really, really well and oh man! these recipes are worth checking out! Today? Potatoes in the slow cooker!

Oh we vegetable lovers really – no, really really – love Thanksgiving! This year, I decided to focus on the potato. How sad it is that the humble potato is so maligned these days, almost public enemy Number 2. (Number 1, of course, is bread.) So I was happy when the Whole30 people reversed course last summer, returning the potato to good graces as a healthy whole food. (Yeah! Here's the new information, French fries and potato chips are, duh, excluded. And just to be clear, since Whole30 excludes all dairy, this particular recipe is not Whole30 compliant.) Still, I'm of the mind that if you're going to eat higher-carb foods, bread, potatoes and the like, they'd dang well better be worth eating. Usually that means piles of butter and cream – usually, but not always, and not here.

Enter skins-on new potatoes cooked in the slow cooker with garlic, tossed with a little cream cheese – easy enough for a weekday supper, good enough for a special meal like Thanksgiving, especially for a kitchen short on oven space and stovetop burners. Or just because it's ever-ever so easy.

Three Secrets for Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes ♥

Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes made with three techniques from Cook's Illustrated, the latest Thanksgiving recipe from #AVeggieVenture
graphic button small size size 10 Today's latest Thanksgiving recipe: How to make Rich & Creamy Mashed Potatoes showcasing three techniques from Cook's Illustrated. The good news? The techniques can be applied to your own favorite mashed potato concoction! graphic button small size size 10

Hello, veggie lovers! It's November and at A Veggie Venture, that means it's time to go crazy for the real stars on the Thanksgiving table, the vegetables! I've been collecting especially-for-Thanksgiving vegetable recipes since 2006. After A Veggie Venture readers voted for their top Thanksgiving vegetables, I collected all those recipes in one convenient place, Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables. Can you name Thanksgiving's favorite vegetables?! There are a few surprises!

For Thanksgiving 2014, I decided that the new recipes would focus on learning how to cook potatoes really, really well. So many people aren't eating potatoes anymore but I look at it a little differently. Sure, forgo forgettable potatoes (and cupcakes). But otherwise, especially for special occasions like Thanksgiving, make really, really good potatoes that are worth the carbs and calories. That's my goal! Let's get to cooking!

We all love cooking secrets, right? Well, there are three secrets to making rich and creamy mashed potatoes and best of all, they "cost" nothing in effort, time and hard cash. There are two extra steps and for once, the truism that you "get what you pay for" is false. Here, these mashed potato tricks are almost too good to be true and they're practically free.

graphic button small size size 10 Effort-wise – Easy to remember & easy to do.
graphic button small size size 10 Time-wise – Adds only an extra couple of minutes.
graphic button small size size 10 Cost-wise – No special ingredients, no special tools, no extra cost.

Okay, the three secrets.