Stove Rags or Lokshe

Made from mashed potatoes and flour, these are kind of like Slovak/Polish tortillas. You can make them with day old mashed potatoes or cook some potatoes and mash them as if you were making your regular mashed potatoes.

“Stove Rags” are thin pancakes made out of potato dough that are baked on a hot plate or an un-greased frying pan but “back in the day” they were often cooked right on the cast iron surface of the hot coal stove, hence the name. If you grew up in the Coal Region, chances are your grandma had a coal stove and cooked lokshe on it! Today, a cast iron pan make a good substitute.

Stove rags are typically what is known as “peasant food” — no frills, few ingredients, makes use of left-over items for little to no waste — and there is nothing wrong with that! Being frugal is the nature of “coalcrackers”.

Stove Rags or Lokshe

Recipe by A Coalcracker in the KitchenCourse: Appetizers, Breads, SidesCuisine: Eastern European, Coal RegionDifficulty: Easy

Made from mashed potatoes and flour, these are kind of like Slovak/Polish tortillas.


  • 1 cup cold mashed potatoes (use left-over mashed potatoes or mash hot boiled potatoes then add milk/cream ,butter, salt to them as you normally would and allow to cool.)

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Mix all ingredients together and shape dough into balls a little larger than a walnut. Roll out dough into circles on a floured board until thin.
  • Brown each in a dry skillet on medium high (cast iron works well), then turn over and brown on other side.
  • Put on plate, brush with melted butter, stack on a pile until done.
  • Roll up and enjoy. Jelly can be used, too.


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Lori Fogg, A Coalcracker In The Kitchen

Sharing coal region comfort foods and nostalgia

Born and raised “a coal miner’s daughter” in Schuylkill County in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania, I love to share recipes and memories of home with fellow “coalcrackers” and celebrate our unique blending of Eastern European and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and cuisines here in northeast Pennsylvania.
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