This year we had a new addition to our Christmas dinner table - my daughter's boyfriend, a Norwegian. She passed along to me that for Norwegians, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without Norwegian meatballs and lefse, and tho' I wanted to make his first Christmas away from home special, I knew nothing about either. After much research looking at a zillion different recipes, I finally arrived at "special order" lefse and this recipe for Norwegian meatballs. This was a challenge for me with our Italian traditions - this was not my idea of a meatball and I was apprehensive they'd never compare to his mom's and grandma's. And the fact that this was a profound part of their Christmas tradition was not lost on me. I was nervous. We kept the meatballs and lefse a secret until we were all seated and I'm telling you, I will never forget his reaction when he learned he would not be without them - darn near brought tears to my eyes, the truth be told. Even more profound was the genuine look of pure pleasure and delight as he was eating them. But for those of you simply interested in knowing how these meatballs tasted - he pronounced them delicious and exactly what he was used to! High praise indeed from a Norwegian that this recipe, these meatballs, are the real deal.
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This year we had a new addition to our Christmas dinner table - my daughter's boyfriend, a...