Oma's German Spätzle Recipe
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.
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!
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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- 2¼ cups flour, all-purpose
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- about ½ - 1 cup water
- 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.
- 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 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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