Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spaetzle, Tiny Dumplings From Above

Do you know what Spaetzle is, have you ever eaten it before?  Spaetzle is a magical, tiny, mini dumpling or egg noodle that apparently dates back to 1725 and possibly even further back.  It is created using a spaetzle maker and the recipe includes eggs, flour, salt and either water or milk.  I use milk.  Spatzle History Here

Let me give you a little history of how I know about speatzle.  Years ago we were stationed at a NATO base which included 18 different countries and I was a bus monitor working under a German boss (who was awesome, by the way.)  Anyway, my boss asked if I would like to help with the annual Oktoberfest celebration and assist in making the TONS of spaetzle that was to be served that day, so I said yes.  I went, I made, I had oodles of fun and I loved it!  And before you ask, NO...I did NOT partake of the drinking but took home a couple of steins.  lol  Anyway, when my boss went home to Germany later that year to visit family, he brought me back a gift... A SPAETZLE MAKER!! I was so very happy!  I could now make my own to which my family would be subjected to for years to come.  :oD  I also have a good friend that is from Bavaria and she gave me a wonderful recipe for spaetzle, which I will share with you today.  I hope that you will try it sometime, broaden your horizons a bit!
Spaetzle Recipe

6-8 persons

3 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)

Fill a two quart pot of either water or broth (I usually use water as I am adding a sauce to the spaetzle) and let it begin to boil as you mix the ingredients.  Beat the eggs until foamy and then combine with the milk.  Mix together the flour, salt and nutmeg (if you like it) then add to the eggs and milk a little at a time.  The dough will be very wet, sticky and elastic.  

Sticky Dough
Fill the square basket in the spaetzle maker and place over the pot of boiling water.

Spatzle Maker Over Water
Begin to move the square basket back and forth over the top of the boiling water until empty then place temporarily over your dough bowl while you scoop out the cooked noodles.  (They only take a minute or so and will float to the top when cooked.)  I always scoop mine into a two quart covered dish that I can place in the oven to keep it warm while I am working on the next basket full of dough.  
Cooked Spatzle
As you can see, I use a large slotted scoop to dip it out and place it in the dish.  After all the spaetzle is finished cooking, I sometimes add a bit of butter or grate some cheese on top of it if I am not have a sauce with my dinner.  You can also treat treat it as a noodle and add any sauce and bake it if you like.  Be creative!  

I hope that you try this soon, you can find the spaetzle maker at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon and Target.  If you have any questions, please, contact me and I will do my best to assist!

*hugz n blessingz*


  1. You know I love a good recipe sister !!! This sounds interesting .. Just hope I can pull it off .. SINCE I have never heard of it .. LOVE it ...Keep em comin ... HUGS

    1. I do hope ya try it, Sherry, I know you will love it, whatever you have it with!