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Oma's German Spätzle Recipe

white plate of Spätzle, red cabbage and breaded pork chops
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A German Spätzle recipe can be tricky to make. Here's my easy version of this traditional favorite. Spätzle (Spaetzle) are a very traditional dish for Swabians living in the Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria states.

Easy, because I use a stainless steel Lid and Scraper combo that I bought in Germany on my last trip. Always works.

Yes, I love my Spätzle lid with the scraper to make these noodles.

You can either book a trip to Germany to buy yours, or else, just order online. Quite a bit cheaper! LOL 

Enjoy! So easy to make these and they taste so much better than the packaged kind.

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This easy home-made recipe lets you enjoy Spätzle wherever you are in the world even if you don't have access to a German deli. So, go ahead. Make this German favorite!

Kaffeeklatsch Trivia with a cup of coffee and steam rising

  • The origin of the word Spätzle comes from Swabian meaning 'little sparrows'
  • These noodles are traditional in  Germany, especially in Baden-Württemberg and in Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary
  • When the noodles are button-shaped, they are called by their Swiss name, Knöpfle, which means "small buttons" 
  • Traditionally, thin strips of dough were scraped off a wooden chopping board into boiling salted water
  • Today, there are many devices that can be used ranging from types of colanders, ricers , food mills, or graters

Spätzle

Ingredients:

  • 2¼ cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • about ½ - 1 cup water
Instructions:
  • Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Gradually add just enough water to make a smooth, light, and firm dough. The amount will depend on how 'dry' your flour is.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Push dough through the Spätzle lid with the scraper, directly into the boiling water. 
  • Noodles will float when they are done (will take a few minutes). Remove with slotted spoon.
  • These are often served with lightly sautéed diced bacon or fried onions.
  • Makes 4 servings.

Spätzle aren't always available in my part of Canada. So, if I want to enjoy them, I must make them from scratch. You can, too. In modern German cookbooks and magazines, whenever recipes call for Spätzle (or Schwabian noodles), they are usually cooked from a package - a convenience food.

Kids love it. And why not? It is so good, so rich, so YUMMY!

Whenever we had noodles of any kind when I was growing up, I always thought we were eating "Italian-style." I didn't know that the southern part of Germany has its own type of noodle dishes, traditional noodle dishes that aren't Italian at all, such as this "Nudelkasserole".

Spätzle, a type of German noodles, are common in the southern part of Germany. This word means "little sparrow". (This type of soft egg noodle is also called "Nokedli" in Hungary.)


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