Quick and easy German spaetzle make it a snap to have a hearty meal on the table in record time. Add these tender little dumplings to your menu plans.
- Serves: 6 persons
- For the Spaetzle:
- 2cups all-purpose flour
- 4large eggs
- ½to 2/3 cup milk
- 1teaspoon fine salt, or to taste (plus more for the cooking water)
- 1to 2 teaspoons butter, or more, for serving
- ¼teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 2tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, or other fresh herbs
- For Sautéed Spaetzle (optional):
- 4tablespoons unsalted butter
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle boil.
Step 3Meanwhile, prepare the spaetzle batter. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt; stir to blend.
Step 4In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup of milk with the eggs.
Step 5Add the milk and eggs to the flour mixture and beat with a wooden spoon or whisk until the batter is smooth and elastic. It will have a consistency similar to pancake batter. When you lift the spoon, it shouldn't flow; it should drip from it slowly. If too thick, add some milk, and if too thin, add more flour. Let the batter rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 6Place your spaetzle maker or another slotted utensil over the simmering water; add some of the spaetzle batter, and press it through the holes and into the gently boiling water. The spaetzle cook quickly, so it's best to cook them in two or more batches depending on the method you use.
Step 7The spaetzle will take from 1 to 3 minutes to cook, depending on their size. The dumplings will float to the top when done.
Step 8Use a slotted spoon to remove the spaetzle to a bowl and toss with a teaspoon or two of butter. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Step 9At this point, you may sauté the cooked spaetzle (see below) or refrigerate until it's time to sauté and serve. If you're skipping the sauté step and are serving them immediately, taste and add more salt and butter, as needed, along with the freshly ground black pepper and herbs. Toss and serve hot. Sauté the Spaetzle
Step 10Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat until lightly browned.
Step 11Add the spaetzle to the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Sauté the spaetzle, stirring frequently, for about 3 to 7 minutes, or browned as desired. Taste the sauteéd spaetzle and add salt, as needed, along with freshly ground black pepper and fresh herbs. Toss and serve hot.