Spaetzle, the little noodles that are Germany's favorite side dish, are often made by pressing dough through a colander into boiling water. In this version, the dough is rolled out and then cut with a knife for slightly sturdier noodles.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup celery leaves
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the whole eggs and cream. Stir the egg mixture into the flour until a dough forms. Knead and shape the dough into a smooth ball. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
- 2. Cut the dough into quarters. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one-quarter of the dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into 3-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 1/8-inch-wide noodles and transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- 3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until tender, about 4 minutes; drain. Add the butter to the pot and melt over low heat. Add the noodles and celery leaves and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.
- Make Ahead: The spaetzle dough can be refrigerated overnight. Let return to room temperature before rolling out.
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