Spaetzle

Spaetzle

Serves 5

The typical "pasta" from the mountainous Tirol area of Austria — a simple batter of flour, eggs, and milk with Swiss cheese, butter and chopped parsley added for flavoring. This is a versatile side dish that can be turned into an entrée by serving with cooked sausages or the traditional schnitzel. Spaetzle can also be added to a boiling soup stock for a delicious twist on dumplings.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • White pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
  • Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 bunch of parsley leaves, cleaned, finely chopped
  • ***
  • Variations: The spaetzle can also be garnished with finely minced lemon zest or finely chopped sage.
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Method: 

Bring a large pot of water (about 5 quarts) to a boil. Add 5 tablespoons of salt to pot once it boils.

Meanwhile, combine flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, white pepper or cayenne and nutmeg in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine eggs and milk, stirring to incorporate. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon until incorporated and dough resembles a thick pancake batter.

Place a pasta colander on top of the pot of boiling water. Pour half of the batter into the colander. Using a rubber spatula, press dough and force it through the holes of the colander, letting "noodles" fall into boiling water. Cook until water returns to a simmer and spaetzle rise to the surface, then remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl filled with ice cold water to stop spaetzle from cooking. Repeat with remaining batch of dough.

Once spaetzle are cooled, drain them. Melt butter in a medium-hot pan. Add spaetzle and sauté until lightly golden brown, about 10 minutes. Do not overcrowd the pan; if needed, cook in batches. Season with salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:180 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 140mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 7g protein
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