German Noodles

Spaetzle

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

4 eggs

1 cup milk

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6 quarts water

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

 

 

 

In a bowl, mix together the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and nutmeg. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and add the eggs and milk.

By hand, mix the eggs and milk and gradually draw in the flour from the sides until the entire mixture is combined and smooth.  Let the dough sit for 10-15 minutes. 

Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to 6 quarts of boiling water.

Use a spaetzle maker or press dough through a colander. Stir gently, the spaetzle will rise to the top. Boil for about 5 minutes, before straining them out. 

 

 

 

Tip: I don't know why restaurants would ever serve store-bought Spaetzle! It is easy and inexpensive to prepare. Spaetzle is great with sauces but also with a nice butter and chive mixture. An upgraded variation of this dish, prepared with cheese is called: Kaesespaetzle. 

 

Spaetzle, literally translated, means 'little sparrows'.