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Spätzle (aka Spaetzle)

Chef John

"Apparently spätzle translates to little swallows in German, which makes a lot of sense when you consider their shape. These micro-dumplings cook in a just a few minutes, and are great plain with browned butter or topped with slowly braised meat."
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Ingredients

20 m servings 187 cals
Original recipe yields 2 servings

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Directions

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  1. Place flour, egg, salt, cayenne, cream fraiche, and milk in a mixing bowl. Whisk together until batter drips slowly off the whisk. If batter seems too thin, add a bit more flour; if too thick, add a bit more milk. You can test the thickness using the smooth side of a cheese grater with fairly large holes. If a dollop of the batter does not drip through the grating holes, it's the right consistency. Watch Now
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to push a spoonful of batter through the holes of the smooth side of the grater into the simmering water. Watch Now
  3. When dumplings rise to the surface of the water, they are done. This will take just a few minutes. Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon, and repeat in batches with remaining batter. Watch Now

Footnotes

  • Chef's Note:
  • If you're planning to eat this with butter, be sure to melt the butter in a skillet and cook it until it's nutty brown before you make the spätzle. Remove skillet from the heat until your spätzle are cooked. Turn the heat up to medium and cook and stir the spätzle until they are coated with butter. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 187 calories; 6.1 g fat; 25.4 g carbohydrates; 7.4 g protein; 105 mg cholesterol; 528 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This made a fabulous side dish, I would double the recipe however. My family thought it was delicious.

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Well, I thought when I mixed up the batter that it was too thick, so I thinned--oops!! They were way too soft--MY FAULT. The flavor is spot on--will make again--WITHOUT adding more milk.

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This made a fabulous side dish, I would double the recipe however. My family thought it was delicious.

I made this to add to my favorite green bean dish. This is wonderful. It is definitely going into the recipe file.

I quadurpeled all the ingredients. Left out the cayene... shades of my childhood...

My family really liked it, we had it with cooked red cabbage (a German dish) and sausage. I doubled the recipe, it was super easy! Will make it next time with rouladen and gravy. I also did wh...

Chef John is right! This is probably the easiest pasta dish you could make, and so delicious! My wife asks for it on a regular basis. In fact, we're making it tonight, with beef bourguignon on t...

Cooking out of necessity here. Not quite as good as what I had served to me in Frankfurt but nonetheless pretty good. I'll make this again shortly.

Well, I thought when I mixed up the batter that it was too thick, so I thinned--oops!! They were way too soft--MY FAULT. The flavor is spot on--will make again--WITHOUT adding more milk.