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    Spaetzle

    Posted by  ·  January 6, 2011

    We lived in Germany for a little bit and one of our favorite meals was Spaetzle, especially while we were skiing.  My husband loves to make this for us and it brings back so many fabulous memories for our family.  It is quite easy to make and so yummy!

    Spätzle [ˈʃpɛtslə] ( listen) is an egg noodle or dumpling  used in the cuisine of southern Germany and Austria.

    Spaetzle Recipe

    6  eggs, beaten frothy
    3 cups of sifted flour
    1 cup of milk
    3 tablespoons of butter, melted
    1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
    Salt to taste
    Boiling salted water

    With electric mixer beat flour a little at a time into the frothy egg mixture. Add salt and nutmeg.  Beat in milk and melted butter a little at a time, until well blended.

    Place a colander with large holes over the pot of boiling water and, with a rubber spatula, press small amounts of the batter through the holes directly into the water.  Mixture can also be put into a pastry bag and dropped into boiling water.  We have a special lid for our pan that we use.

    Drop a few at a time into the boiling water. Cook about 5 minutes. As the spaetzle gradually rise to the surface of the boiling water, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a dish to drain.

    Now this is when it gets really good.  We cook about a half a pound of bacon in a large skillet. Drain the fat, reserving just a little bit to saute one chopped onion. Saute onion, and then add in crumbled bacon and the noodles. Sprinkle with cheese. Any cheese can be used and we mostly use a cheddar mix that we already have, but it is especially good with Gruyère.  Spaetzle can also be topped with melted butter, cream sauce or put into a soup.

    Would you like a bite?


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    1. Jen V
      Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
      I really want to make that! Where did you find the 'lid' that you use?
    2. Monday, January 10th, 2011
      I have heard of this and would love to try it!
    3. Sunday, January 9th, 2011
      This sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to give it a try in the next couple weeks.
    4. Melis
      Saturday, January 8th, 2011
      Hey there! I just had to tell you that my husband and I just made this for dinner tonight-- we added mushrooms to the mix and boy was it GOOD! Thank you so much for showing us how to make it, I think we are going to add this to our repretoire of awesome dishes!
    5. MichelleGB
      Saturday, January 8th, 2011
      YUM! I've always wanted to try making this. I'm think I'll be trying it this weekend!
    6. Friday, January 7th, 2011
      I love spaetzel although we usually have it in soup. I never thought about having it with cheese! YUM!
    7. Friday, January 7th, 2011
      We make this too, but never with bacon.... oh goodness! That will be on the menu this weekend!
    8. Christina
      Friday, January 7th, 2011
      This is too funny since I watched a cooking show last night and she made this. She had poked holes in a disposable pie plate. It looks delish.
    9. Emmy
      Friday, January 7th, 2011
      oh my goodness, this brings back happy memories of my German friend who gave me the proper Spaetzle pasta maker so that I could make the actual thin shapes :) I make it reasonably often - but have to be careful not to do it too often since I can't leave any leftovers!!!
    10. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Oh yum.
      Yum. Yum. Yum.
    11. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Looks delicious! Yum!
    12. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      I think I need more than a bite :)
    13. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      You must be the devil sent to tempt me! That recipe will be the undoing of my new year's resolution to lose weight. It looks soooo yummy!
    14. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      This looks so so delicious!! Wow. Thanks for showing exactly how to make it. I think I can do it and I think my family would love it.
      Linda
    15. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      I never knew that was how it was done. Great recipe and tips.
    16. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      This looks so yummy to the tummy.. Ill be whipping this up soon
    17. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      "Spätzle is an egg noodle or dumpling used in the cuisine of southern Germany and Austria." AND in Switzerland. My Grosi made it all the time and you've given me the courage to try it - tonight! Thanks
    18. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Grandma Opal taught me how to make spatzel as well and my kids LOVE this as chicken dumpling soup. Whenever someone gets sick, that's when Grandma Opal's spatzel and chicken soup recipe is made and shared with the family.

      I'm going to try your bacon recipe because hubby would love that, especially the added CHEEZ! at the end.
    19. Dee
      Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      My mother gave me a spatzel maker recently, Now I believe that I should try it out! mmmm
    20. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      YUM! I was just in Germany visiting my sister and brother-in-law in November. I loved Spaetzle. I most definitely need to try making this. Thanks for sharing!
    21. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Oma would be proud! I love the addtion of bacon, we always ate it plain with butter and crunchies(pan fried croutons), but bacon makes everything better!
    22. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      A bite? Oh yeah!
    23. Lisa
      Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      This is the greatest meal in the world!!!
    24. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Never added bacon to mine before - we're more into the Kaesespatzle where I come from, which involves caramelized onions and 3 different kind of cheeses and/or butter! But I can see how bacon would work here too! Yum! Funnily enough I had planned on making them tonight for dinner anyway! Must be some spaetzle vibe in the air :)
    25. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Inauthentic, perhaps, but I like to make a similar (made up) recipe in which I food-processor-ize fresh spinach to the consistency of flour and mix it with the flour when adding to the eggs. It makes a very pretty green dumpling and adds a bit of healthiness.
    26. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Ha. I posted almost the exact same tute on my blog! Great minds think a like. I love the suggestion of nutmeg in the dough (batter?) I also have never added bacon and think that sounds delish. I, like you, use Gruyere cheese but caramelize my onions before adding. Now I'm hungry for this. . . will make it next week for dinner.

      http://sycamorestirrings.blogspot.com/2010/05/comfort-food.html
    27. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Oh my god, thank you! My Swiss mother in law makes them sometimes but I have been unable to find the in France, now I know how to make them and even spell it ;)
    28. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Ohhh, yummy! I lived in Germany as a child. I need to make your recipe. :)
    29. Heather
      Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Yes, I would very much like a bite!! Looks delicious and I will be trying this. Thanks!!
    30. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      What is NOT to love about pasta ( basically) , bacon and cheese! Yummy....
    31. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
      Lecker! Vielen Dank!

      Fry leftover (plain) spaetzle with butter and plain bread crumbs, top with some canned sliced peaches. Oma never wasted anything!