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How to make Spätzle

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When you think of starches for your lunch or supper most of the time one of these come to mind: potatoes, noodles, or rice. But there is another option Germans, especially those in the South, as well as Austrians go for: Spätzle. This particular dish has gained attention in North America as well and I know of some restaurants who serve it here in Saskatoon.

I have never made Spätzle because I come from the East and it’s not particularly present in our culinary heritage. We are aware of it and we might have it once or twice a year but my family rather opts for potatoes. Yet, I do like the dish and thus I made some the other day. It is pretty simple.

Ingredients:

1 egg
– 100g flour
– warm water
– salt

With these four ingredients you can make about one portion. Combine the flour with salt, add the egg and warm water until you have a soft sort of dough. It should be a bit sticky and not too runny. Let the dough rest for about 20 min so the flour can soak.

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Usually you would use a Spätzle press to make these but if you don’t have one you can use a strainer with big holes. The Spätzle will be a bit shorter and plump but that’s ok.
Bring a big pot of water with a bit of salt to a boil. If you use a Spätzle press, fill it and press with a regular pressure directly over the pot. The Spätzle will boil in the water and once they float on the surface they are ready. If you use a strainer you will need to press the dough with a spoon through the holes. It works but will require a bit more work.

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Serve the Spätzle with vegetables, meat and gravy or just eat it with some grated cheese over them.

I find the whole thing fairly simple and it changes the food routine a bit. It’s pretty good with goulash or any other dish with gravy.

Happy Cooking!

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About andreamacleod

Take a KitchenAid Artisan machine, a young wife, time, creativity and mix it well. You end up with endless options of baking goodies from German torte to North American cupcakes. Follow me on my baking and cooking adventures and throw in your cent or two. There are no limits!

2 responses »

  1. fromcalculustocupcakes

    I’ve always wanted to make spatzle! Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply
  2. Mr. B is half German and I have some German ancestors. We LOVE spaetzle! Especially with snitzel 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

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