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Supermarket Spaetzle: Worth Purchasing?

Perilagu Khan Feb 23, 2012 08:28 AM

I've been tempted to snag spaetzle from World Market but haven't done so yet. Any of y'all experienced them? And if so, do you have any special spaetzle dishes?

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    Querencia Feb 23, 2012 02:40 PM

    Trader Joe's also owns Aldi's, a downmarket grocery chain, and both are owned by a German family. Thus, once in a while Aldi's, along with the cheap stuff, has a few German products. In this way I came upon some very good Spaetzel. I served it with beef cooked for hours in the slow cooker with three bottles of Amstel beer, onions, portobello mushrooms for the rich dark juice, and a small can of tomato sauce. Very very good. Froze a lot of both and enjoyed for a long time.

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    1. re: Querencia
      Perilagu Khan Feb 23, 2012 06:43 PM

      That sounds most excellent, indeed.

    2. Sooeygun Feb 23, 2012 12:18 PM

      I never even knew it existed, but then maybe I haven't looked for it. Mr. S loves to make spaetzle; we both worked at a German restaurant for a while. He's likes adding different things to the batter (not all at once :)), like poppy seeds, various herbs, ground hazelnuts (we ate that one with rabbit stew).

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      1. re: Sooeygun
        paulj Feb 23, 2012 12:46 PM

        Maggi brand has been available in ordinary groceries for years. CostPlusWorldMarket has different brand (in clear bag), but is similar. The shape is smaller and more uniform than homemade (at least mine), and cooks much like a dried pasta. It is, in effect, a small squiggle egg noodle.

      2. paulj Feb 23, 2012 11:32 AM

        It isn't better than homemade, and takes longer to cook, but there is less mess.

        The homemade batter is easy to mix (easier than biscuits). Pushing it though the 'collander' is a bit messy, but not difficult if you have the right tool. When I started I used the large holes of a flat grater. Now I use a perforated pan designed to cook vegetables on a grill.

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