These tiny, irregularly shaped egg dumplings (pronounced shpeht-sehl) are a favorite side dish in southern Germany and across the border in Alsatian France. The cooked dumplings are usually sautéed in butter until lightly browned or served with a saucy meat dish, such as pot roast. Make the dough thin enough to press through the holes of a colander to form individual dumplings but thick enough to hold up in water. If the dough is too thin, add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough is forced through the colander or a spaetzle maker (follow the manufacturer's directions) directly into a pot of boiling water. Place the cooked spaetzle in a strainer to allow any excess water to drain off. Don't use paper towels to blot the water because the spaetzle will stick to them.
Cooking Light APRIL 2004
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Combine milk and eggs, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a whisk until combined. Let stand 10 minutes.
Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Hold a colander with large holes (about 1/4-inch in diameter) over boiling water; spoon about 1/2 cup dough into colander. Press the dough through holes with a rubber spatula (droplets will form spaetzle); set colander aside. Cook 2 minutes or until done (spaetzle will rise to surface). Remove with a slotted spoon; drain in a strainer (spaetzle will stick to a paper towel). Repeat procedure with remaining dough.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 cups cooked spaetzle; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Repeat with remaining butter and cooked spaetzle.
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