The food: Lefse is Norwayâs answer to the tortilla, a thin flatbread made from potatoes, cream and butter. Itâs hand-rolled and cooked on a griddle, then served, most commonly, with butter and sugar. Itâs a pretty labor-intensive dish, and in the U.S.âsuch as in North Dakota, where one in three have Norwegian ancestryâitâs most popular during the holidays. Or at bazaars, according to a real-life North Dakotan who works at WW and confesses she likes her lefse with peanut butter. Thatâs not really so sacrilegious: Freddyâs Lefse, a long-running Fargo business, supports her choice, adding that lefse is a good wrap for hot dogs, bratwurst and deli meat, and can also be served alongside lutefisk.
Other foods considered and rejected: none. Lutefisk? More popular in Minnesota. Scotcheroos? More commonly consumed in Iowa. Buffalo meat? Eh, thatâs really South Dakota's territory. Knoephla soup? OK, knoephla soup. We briefly considered knoephla soup.
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