Total TimePrep/Total Time: 15 min.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 8 cups water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In a large bowl, stir the flour, eggs, milk and salt until smooth (dough will be sticky). In a large saucepan over high heat, bring water to a boil. Pour dough into a colander or spaetzle maker coated with cooking spray; place over boiling water.
- With a wooden spoon, press dough until small pieces drop into boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes or until dumplings are tender and float. Remove with a slotted spoon; toss with butter.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 226 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 149mg cholesterol, 855mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.
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Jun 11, 2018
This recipe was fantastic! However without the proper tools it was a lot of work. I first tried our potato ricer, but it has holes on both sides which made the dough stick together in two big balls. I then had my husband help me push the dough through a colander with a rubber spatula. It was totally worth the work though. I ended up adding a little cheddar/gruyere cheese that I found at Trader Joes and dried parsley. Holy Moly! My husband requested I go get a spaetzle maker tomorrow!
Mar 5, 2016
Fabulous and so easy! The shape makes for a delicious mouth feel.
Oct 31, 2015
My family liked this so much that I will be investing in a spaetzle press. Hopefully that will be less messy than the colander. Definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!
Jan 30, 2015
My husband loved this recipe! I made it with WIENER SCHNITZEL for his birthday. The only change I made was I boiled the dough in chicken stock instead of water which added some additional flavor. We placed the dough in a potato ricer which worked out less messer for us than a collnider
Jan 1, 2015
Quick and easy
Nov 30, 2014
Works great. Lois is right; a potato ricer is handy for making spaetzle, but use the kind with holes only on the bottom insead of on the sides as well. Germangirl, you're right that it's good to let the batter sit to hydrate the grains of flour. But your comment echoes what I hear from my German family: if it's not forbidden, it's mandatory. Lighten up, girlfriend! Americans love to innovate.
Apr 19, 2014
Easy recipe. So delicious. A family favorite. Turns out great every time
Oct 6, 2013
a little work to make these, but they are delicious!
Oct 1, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
As a native German, and having grown up in the heart of spaetzle country, it is always amusing to me how many variations to the basic recipe I find here in the US. The basic spaetzle batter consists of flour, eggs, and a bit of salt. That's it! Spaetzle are a form of noodle/pasta with the only difference that you start out with a stiff batter, not a dough. So I would scratch the milk completely from the above recipe and use only eggs, and maybe a bit of water if needed for consistency (usually when adding another egg would be too much). After combining the ingredients you let the batter sit for 15-20 min to hydrate the flour. Also, the cooking water is salted and brought to a steady simmer, not boiling. Cooking spaetzle is a gentle process. When you drop the spaetzle in the water, they will sink to the bottom. Once they rise to the top they are done.Now there are many, many variations - just like any other noodle/pasta dough or dish, such as paprika or spinach spaetzle, cheese spaetzle, sauerkraut spaetzle etc. etc. And if you wish to make them truly authentic use spelt flour.