Spätzle
This is a German dish, sort of a mix between a soft egg noodle and a dumpling, but not quite either one, cooked in simmering water or stock then fried. Commonly served with a meaty stew or gravy. I made this on 9 Mar 2018 and it is not only easy, it is exactly how how I remembered this from a German restaurant in Phuket, and it is excellent. Commonly written as spätzle, spatzle, and spaetzle. For ease of making this, two people are best, one to work the spätzle maker and one to pour the batter in. Very highly recommended you use a spätzle maker AND NOT a grater, that will make a mess.
Servings Prep Time
4-6servings 20minutes
Cook Time
2-5minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6servings 20minutes
Cook Time
2-5minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and whisk to combine.
  2. Beat the eggs. Add half the eggs and half of the milk to the flour mixture and mix, then add the remaining eggs and milk, and mix until smooth. The batter is thin, this is a perfect consistency.
  3. Fill a medium sized pot half full with water or even chicken stock, Heat to simmering.
  4. Two people are recommended for doing this step. Using a spätzle maker, ONE person places the spätzle maker over the pot and works that (sliding back and forth, and the SECOND person adds the batter to the hopper, don’t overcrowd the pot. (If you do not have one, you can use a flat grater with large holes or even a large holed sieve and use a rubber spatula to press the batter through).
  5. Let the spätzle cook until it floats to the top of the water, use a large slotted spoon to remove and place them in ice water to cool them and then place in a colander to drain. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Once all the dough is cooked in the water, heat a large non stick skillet 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter, add the spätzle and fry, turning often, until starting to crisp up.
  7. Serve as a side with a meaty dish. I cooked some stew beef in my pressure cooker and simply added that to a sauce pan of beef gravy, easy and perfect meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Fry in bacon fat and 5-6 slices of chopped bacon. 2. Fry some onion and garlic until soft and the onion is softened, add the spätzle and mix in, then add 1-2 cups Swiss cheese, there, you just made Käsespätzle, the German version of mac and cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.