herb-speckled spätzle

It’s rather ridiculous really. I have been living in Germany for almost 6 years, and the first time I am making spätzle is from a french cookbook written by an american author. To say that my german husband was skeptical would have been the understatement of the year.

Yep, a few weeks ago my fellow French Fridays with Dorie cooks went into their kitchens to whip up up a batch of Herb-Speckled Spätzle. I was still in my post holiday stupor and/or traveling for work, I can’t really remember why I missed that particular week. But as one of only two Doristas in Germany, it didn’t feel right to skip this one completely.

So there I was this past week, trying to figure out how to make spätzle without a spätzle maker. After assessing all of the available kitchen implements at my disposal, I settled on the steamer basket. We put some of the dough into the basket, then set it over the boiling water and used a flexible spatula to press the dough through into the boiling water. I can’t say that it was the perfect method, but it seemed to get the job done without too much difficulty.

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Now, the typical preparation that one finds in Frankfurt is covered in onions, bacon, and cheese. It’s a kind of german mac-n-cheese and it requires a very hearty appetite. Dorie took a different route and has us sauteing the fresh noodles with onions, lots of mushrooms, and some chicken broth. A magical combination which came together into an absolutely delicious side. Yes, even the german was impressed! So impressed that I recently caught him checking the price of spätzle presses online. And Dorie, with a kitchen as small as ours, that’s mighty high praise!

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5 Responses to herb-speckled spätzle

  1. Cher says:

    German mac n cheese 🙂
    I liked this one so much that I went out and got a spaetzle maker – wow, did that make things easier.
    Glad this was such a success for you.

  2. Looks amazing!! Need a spaetzle maker after trying this recipe!

  3. Rose, this is a fun post and I can assure you that a Spätzle maker is one way to make your life easier when cooking Spätzle. Delicious looking dinner plate!

  4. Your spatzle looks great! I enjoyed this recipe, but didn’t have a spatzle maker…so it took a bit of time…we did enjoy them! I also went out and bought a spatzle maker…I think the spatzle would be good in soup, too!

  5. Karen says:

    I enjoyed this post! It must be a good recipe if your husband was impressed. I have a similar steamer basket – it looks easier than the box grater I used.

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