Spätzle (SHPEHT-sluh, SHPEHT-sel, or SHPEHT-slee) is a simple egg dumpling popular in southwestern Germany and parts of Switzerland and Austria. It is served as a side dish, often with roast pork, sausages, schnitzel or goulash. It is sometimes spelled Spaetzle. Other names are Spatzen, Spätzli and Knöpfle.


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  • 3

    cups Flour

  • 1

    teaspoon Salt

  • ½

    teaspoon White pepper

  • 3-4

    Eggs, beaten

  • 1

    cup Water or milk


Sift the flour, salt, pepper and optional nutmeg together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl beat together the eggs and milk or water. Mix the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and beat well with a fork or whisk until smooth. Add a little more liquid or flour as needed to get a thick and elastic yet pourable consistency. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Working in batches of 1 to 1 1/2 cups at a time, pour the batter through a sieve or colander with large holes (about 1/8-1/4 inch) so small bits drop off into the boiling water. Let cook for about 1 minute, or until the spätzle noodles float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon to another bowl. Continue with the remaining batter until it is all used up. The finished noodles can be tossed with butter and some toasted breadcrumbs and served as a side dish.


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