Spaetzle… I had no idea what Spaetzle was until about four years ago, once again one of my husband’s family recipes.
Wondering what Spaetzle is… I actually did a little research out of curiosity. Spaetzle originates from Germany more specifically, South Germany and is considered a small dumpling. The word Spaetzle translates to “little sparrow”. Interesting right?
There is actually a lot of cool information on the background of Spaetzle.. different ways to make it, different names, etc. It varies depending on which area of Germany you get your recipe from. Spaetzle was popular in the poor areas of South Germany because the ingredients were cheap, and it could feed/fill up many people.
Ways To Eat it
Spaetzle has easily become one of my favorite side dishes, sometimes I add it to dishes like chili (check out my chicken chili here) or soups -You can replace noodles with Spaetzle such as chicken “Spaetzle” soup. The other day I made cheesy potato soup and was thinking how good it would be with Spaetzle instead of the potatoes- definitely trying that next time. Another family favorite is baked beef with Spaetzle which is a super filling family meal.
Another recipe I would really like to try is Spaetzle mac and cheese or better known as “Schwabische Kasespatzle” it’s the German equivalent to mac and cheese. Though I haven’t tried it, it looks so yummy- I will post an update here when I do make it.
The last and easiest way to serve Spaetzle is with some butter, salt & pepper. You could also add some herbs to spice it up a little bit. We really like to eat it as a side dish with sausage or brats.
It doesn’t matter how you serve it – its delicious!
A Spaetzle Maker Is Key:
So, before we get started! You can not make this dish without a Spaetzle maker. That is the key to making Spaetzle. I wasn’t able to find mine anywhere in-store so I will link it here so you don’t have to go searching. I promise you will get your moneys worth out of the Spaetzle maker!
Spaetzle is probably the easiest thing you can make, & you only need: 3 Eggs, Salt, 1 Cup Milk, & 3 Cups Flour. Pretty common kitchen items.
Let’s Get Started
Fill a big pot with water and bring to a boil.
First, you will want to beat your eggs and salt together – I use my Cuisinart Hand Mixer. Which is super affordable and works great if you are in the market for a mixer – I use it more than my kitchen aid believe it or not.
Next, add in your milk and flour one cup at a time. Mixing really well after each cup of flour is added. Once you add your third cup of flour it will become very thick – this is when I take a whisk and finish mixing the dough until combined.
Now, place your Spaetzle maker over your pot of boiling water – I usually reduce the heat a little bit but you want the water to continue boiling.
Put your dough into the “basket” on your Spaetzle maker and slide it back in forth (like grating cheese). Little pieces of dough will fall into the boiling water and once they float to the top the Spaetzle is done! This only takes a couple of minutes to cook.
Drain your Spaetzle & serve! Like I said before you can serve it however you desire – with butter, salt & pepper, or add it to other dishes.
- 3 Eggs
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1/4 Salt
- 1 Cup Milk
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil
- Beat your eggs and salt together in a bowl
- Add your milk and beat for a few seconds
- Add your Flour one cup at a time. The dough will become very thick.
- Place your Spaetzle maker over your pot of bowling water and add the dough into the basket and slide it back & fourth.
- When the dough is done cooking it will float to the top- it only takes a couple minutes.
- Drain the Spaetzle and serve as desired: butter, salt & pepper, or add it to another dish.