Homemade German Spaetzle
This blog comes to Life’s Simple Ingredient from Bernice Hill, a Calgary food writer and the sole blogger at dishnthekitchen.com. Bernice loves to challenge herself in the kitchen with new ingredients and techniques. Her passion for local, fresh ingredients is evident in her simple, yet tasty recipes. Her motto in the kitchen is “never stop learning.”
Unsurprisingly, most of Bernice’s other hobbies also involve food. Food photography, dining out at local restaurants, reading and travel are all near and dear to her heart. However, staying home and growing her own garlic and fresh herbs truly make this former farm girl happy.
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Flour, egg, salt, and water. The simplest ingredients are often the beginning of the world’s greatest comfort food: noodles. Follow this recipe to learn how to make German-style homemade noodles called spaetzle.
Have you ever heard of spaetzle? These simple egg noodles are the most popular homemade pasta in southern Germany.
They were originally hand formed, resulting in a shaped dumpling that resembled sparrows or “spatzen.” As “spaetzle” is the diminutive form of “spatzen,” the name literally means “little sparrows” in German.
Originally spaetzle was made of two simple (and economical) ingredients: coarse, protein-rich flour and water. However, these days it’s more common to make them with all purpose flour, eggs, salt, and either water or milk.
These high-protein noodles feature simple ingredients that can be found in most kitchens. For a great flavour twist, you can also add a few tablespoons of fresh chopped herbs such as dill, parsley, or chives to the batter.
Spaetzle are delicious freshly boiled with a little melted butter and they freeze nicely too. Make a double (or triple) batch then freeze them and save for those busy weeknights when you need a hearty dinner on the table in record time.
These noodles are quick to make and are a great replacement for most carb-based side dishes, particularly mashed potatoes. They are delicious on their own as a side dish or under thick meaty stews (like goulash) or in hearty soups.
For a real comfort food treat, make a pan of Kaesespaetzle or German Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Fry the spaetzle in melted butter until golden, then mix it with cream, Emmental cheese, and fresh herbs. Broil it for a few minutes then top with caramelized onions or crispy fried onions.
Best of all, these egg noodles are so easy to make! You simply mix up the batter, let it sit, then press it into simmering salted water through a colander or other large holed kitchen tool. You don’t need a special spaetzle press to make them, however it does make things a lot easier especially if you make spaetzle on a regular basis.
Once your family gets a taste of this Ultimate German comfort food, they’ll most certainly be requesting it again and again!
Check out the full recipe for Bernice’s spaetzle here.