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Germany has many foods that I do not appreciate. One thing I do love is Spaetzle, an eggy noodle meets dumpling made by dropping bits of dough/batter into a pot of boiling water. The process is messy, but the end result is delightful. I described 2 methods for boiling the spaetzle. I preferred the tablespoon/teaspoon method, but if you have a colander with larger holes than mine you might like that way.
Herb Sauteed Spaetzle
Adapted from the comments on this post: on Smitten Kitchen. I made the recipe in this post and found it to be much too soft and eggy (think scrambled eggs).
100 grams all purpose flour (3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon)
100 grams whole wheat pastry flour (3/4 cup)
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons lukewarm water
3 tablespoons butter
3 shallots, cut into small dice
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/2 cup chopped herbs, I used parsley and dill, but others would work well also
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and salt and whisk together.
|The Tablespoon and Teaspoon Method|
3. Heat a large pot of water to boil.
4. Prepare a cold water bath for the finished spaetzle.
Option 1: Tablespoon and Teaspoon
5. Fill the tablespoon with dough, dip the teaspoon into the boiling water, and scrape small pieces into the water. As they float to the top, remove with a slotted spoon and place into cold water.
Option 2: Colander
|Spaetzle served with roasted broccoli and salad|
7. Strain the cooled spaetzle and set aside.
8. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter in it.
9. Add the shallots and reduce heat to medium-low, cook for 10-15 minutes until beginning to brown.
10. Push shallots into one side of the pan, add the grapeseed oil to the other side of the pan and allow to heat.
11. Pour the spaetzle into the grapeseed oil and allow to brown slightly before stirring and browning on all sides.
12. Remove from heat and sprinkle with remaining nutmeg and stir in herbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately.
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