Spaetzle

Spaetzle is a great side dish that is pretty common in Germany. These little dumplings can be served fried in a bit of butter, or you can brown onions, and mix those in as well as a healthy dose of Gruyere cheese to turn it into Kaese Spaetzle. Either way, it is delicious, comforting and thoroughly enjoyable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup AP flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg (less if grating fresh)
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • A large pot of boiling, salted water

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, salt, nutmeg and pepper, and mix to combine.
  2. Form a well in the flour and add the wet ingredients to the center.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet with a large spoon or rubber spatula.
  4. Using a spaetzle press, a large holed colander, or a large holed grater, press a large spoonful of the dough through the holes with a rubber spatula into the boiling water.
  5. Allow to cook for a minute after they rise to the top. You can stir them a bit to ensure even cooking.
  6. Remove to a colander to drain. Rinse with cold water if not using immediately.
  7. Repeat until the dough is gone.