Recipies involving Spaetzle
- SLL1065 Mar 28, 2005 07:53 PM
I've had a spaetzle craving as of late and with shopping day coming up, I think I'll get some. Anyone have any recipe suggestions for using it?
Is spaetzle something you can buy? I've never seen them. We make them using the Wolfgang Puck recipe. Really good, especially if you buy a spaetzle maker which is a specialty product worth the cabinet space.
I like spaetzle served with most stews and duck or game. We saute it before serving with some herb that echos the dish, i.e. sage. Juicy meats or saucy braised work best.
SLL, I like to use Spaetzle as a side dish with schnitzel. My german deli sells it by the bag and you just cook it like pasta. For a sauce, I use a mushroom/cream reduction with fresh mushrooms and butter. Simple, tasty and, with the right wine, makes you want to invade Poland.
I make it as a side dish mixed with fresh steamed green beans, a little butter, and a little fresh grated romano cheese.
Spaetzle is so very simple to make I have never considered buying it ready made, dehydrated or not. You don't even need one of those Spaetzle maker things if you have a colander with decent sized holes you can just push the batter through the holes with a spatula into the boiling salted water. They are ready in seconds.
For Spaetzle use 2/3 C. bread flour or semolina 1 egg and 1/4 C. water and a bit of salt. Mix it up and let it rest 15 minutes. Then cook. You can use one of those hoppers for it, a colander or just pushing bits off of the end of a spoon inito the boilimng salted water. When they rise tothe surface they are done so skim them off and adda pat of butter to the dish. If you want to make the Viennese Spatzen add bit of baking powder to the batter
A friend of German descent uses this same method Candy, she prefers the large holes on one of those flat cheese graters to the specially made contraption that goes over the pot. What does the baking powder do? I've recently experimented adding 1 tsp of it along with 1 tbls lemon juice to pancake batter supposedly to make them lighter and fluffier. Not really sure how much of a difference I've achieved.