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Feb. 6, 2011 12:38 pm 
Updated: Mar. 2, 2011 7:59 am
Speatzle dough is very similar to pfannkucken (pancakes) dough. When I actually had that light bulb moment that these recipes are pretty close, I couldn’t figure out why.  I mean why a noodle recipe would and a pancake recipe is so similar? I believe speatzle have been around longer.
Now for preparing. These babies were used in a lot of dishes. Think about Americans and that darn potato. I mean it is a major staple in American food. Speatzle serve the same basic purpose. Growing up we had these with Schnitzel, rouladen and goulash. My mom would make the biggest mess in the kitchen and proceed to complain the whole time about what a pain in the neck it was. I can picture her at the stove. A big pot of boiling water, a bowl of speatzle mix, a cheese grater in one hand and a scraper in the other. LOL. Years later my mother in law gave me a speatzle maker and if you want to make this easy for yourself I say spend the $10. Or so dollars. This contraption makes my mom’s use of a cheese grater and metal scraper funny because it makes the job go by much easier.

Any dish that has sauce or gravy is just begging for speatzle. Soup is also just a great way to enjoy some speatzle, so much yummier then egg noodles or elbow macaroni.
Spätzle dough typically consists of few ingredients, principally eggs, flour, and salt. Often, water is added to produce thinner dough.[7]
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4-5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter(optional)
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the eggs and milk. Gradually draw in the flour from the sides and combine well; the dough should be smooth and thick. Also to test, take a spoon and some dough and pull it away from the rest of the batter. If it sort of pulls, almost like suctions back, this is a feel for it thing.  Let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot; you need a rolling boil for these noodles. To form the speatzle, hold a speatzle maker large holed cheese grater over the boiling water and push the dough through the holes with a spatula or spoon. Do this in batches so you don't overcrowd the pot. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the speatzle floats to the surface, stirring gently to prevent sticking. Dump the speatzle into a colander .This next part is optional. We didn’t do this next step growing up, but rather ate them right away. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the speatzle; tossing to coat. Cook the speatzle for 1 to 2 minutes to give the noodles some color, and then sprinkle with the chopped chives and season with salt and pepper before serving.

Goulash und speatzle. YUmmmm!
Paprika Schnitzel, Speatzle , corn
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Feb. 6, 2011 5:51 pm
I've tried making spaetzle with a spaetzle maker before and decided it's a big P in the A and not worth the trouble. The spaetzle maker eventually disappeared. I've been reading about people poking some 1/4" holes in a Ziploc bag, and squeezing the dough out that way. Ever tried it?
Feb. 6, 2011 9:01 pm
Spaetzle is so delicious and chewey... I've never made it as I thought the grater would be a pain, but may get a maker.... but where will it go? I've got so many things piled up, stacked together and crammed in already :) Still you're right!
Feb. 7, 2011 5:54 am
Larry, No I have never tried that. My dough would be awful thick for a ziplock bag. If you make it a bit runnier then it should work. Remember to do the noodles in batches. Owercrowding will not cook noodles. Good luck.
Feb. 7, 2011 5:58 am
Marvel's Kitchen, A grater and scraper/knife is a ROYAL P in the A. The speatzle maker makes it way cleaner and easier. It's the consistency of the dough. I hear you on the ever growing contraptions in the kitchen. This is one tool that ,if you like speatzle on a regular basis, will be your best friend. Honestly it wont take up much more room then a cheese grater.
Feb. 18, 2011 3:17 pm
I've got the spatzle maker, now I'm just looking for something saucy and interesting for the main dish. Mmmm... I love the butter coating idea!
Mar. 2, 2011 7:59 am
Hi, Vanessa. I love my speatzle press! Thanks for the heads-up on all the wonderful ways that I can use it with different sauces. Until now, I've only used it with onions sautéed in butter, and then sprinkled some swiss cheese on top, and popped it into the oven for a few minutes. Now I'll be looking for some new variations!
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I am married to my high school sweety and we have 3 boys, in their teens. I have been cooking since I was a young girl and learned to cook by sight.It had to look "right" . That is still how my mom gives directions for recipes. I am of German descent and hope to increase my german cooking/baking repretoire.
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