As I grew up with Alsatian culture and food, spaetzle has always been a staple food in our home and one of my favourite thing to eat. I remember my mom making them from scratch in that big Alsatian ceramic bowl and I still remember the delicious smell of the dough. I asked my mom to give me my grandma’s recipe so I could finally make them at home as I was really missing them. In addition to the recipe, I needed to get a spaetzle maker which I found quite easily on amazon.
I thought spaetzle would be a lot of work like it usually is to make pasta but it actually took me less than an hour to make all of them! The dough is quite easy to make and doesn’t require any kneading or rolling. The spaetzle maker is also a very easy tool to use. It looks like a large grater with an insert on the top to place the dough. All you have to do is grate the dough on top of boiling water. This Alsatian specialty makes a great side dish especially with meat. All you need to do is to fry them up in a bit of butter so they get slightly crispy. A pure delight!
Let’s start cooking!
- 400 g flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 pinch of salt
- 80 ml water
1- Beat the eggs and add a pinch of salt.
2- In a large bowl, add in the flour, the beaten eggs and the water, mix until you see bubbles and that the dough is detaching itself from the sides of the bowl. The dough will still be sticky.
3- Boil water and make the spaetzle by using a spaetzle maker. It will grate the sticky dough and create the spaetzle.
4- Once the spaetzle are floating, strain them and put them in cold water. Then strain again and reserve on the side.
5- Cook in butter with some salt and pepper and enjoy!
This Alsatian specialty makes a wonderful side dish and is a pure delight freshly made. If you haven’t had a chance to try yet then it’s time to change that!
I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.