If you don’t have a spätzle maker you can use a fine colander or a potato ricer to make this classic German side dish
- Serves: 4 persons
- 500g pastry flour
- 1tsp fine sea salt
- 6eggs, beaten
- 200ml sparkling water
- 2tbsp butter
- 2onions, finely sliced
- 1tsp caster sugar
- 150g emmental, grated
- 100g gruyère, grated
- 50g romadur cheese or camembert, rind removed and chopped
- ½tbsp chives, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish
Step 1For the dough, mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the eggs and stir well with a wooden spoon. Mix with the water to form a viscous dough. Beat the dough with a wooden spoon for about 5 mins until it bubbles and falls off the spoon very slowly. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 10 mins.
Step 2Heat the oven to 120C/100C fan/gas ½. Heat the butter in a large pan, tip in the onions and cook for 3-4 mins until translucent. Stir in the sugar and caramelise for 5 mins. Butter 4 ovenproof ramekins (around 15cm).
Step 3Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Moisten the spätzle maker with a little cold water and place on the pan. If you don’t have a spätzle maker, you can use either a potato ricer or a colander and push it through in the same way. Put a quarter of the dough on the slicer and press it into the boiling water with the help of the spatula. When the spätzle rise to the surface, let them cook for 1 min. Skim off the spätzle and divide into the prepared ramekins. Spread a quarter of each cheeses evenly on top. Keep warm in the preheated oven. Repeat these steps three times. When the cheese has melted, take the spätzle out of the oven. Serve with the fried onions, chives and freshly ground black pepper. This recipe has been provided by Das Kochrezept and not been re-tested by us.