Gentle Readers, sometimes a perfectly good plan goes terribly wrong. The other day, with pork chops on the menu, I wanted to make a simple side. I looked in the freezer for pierogie. Nada. Okay, gnocchi. And that was out of date. So now what?
Stop, spatzle time.
I love spatzle. TPCs Jr love spatzle, and it’s really very easy to make. I’ve tried more complicated recipes, but this is the one that works every time. If you’ve never tried spatzle, now is the time! A great simple side or a vegetarian dish if you add some cheese.
Do you have to have a spatzle maker? No, but they are awesome and inexpensive and make the whole process so very simple.
Fool-Proof Spatzle Recipe
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour
butter (for frying)
1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well but don’t overmix.
2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Drop spatzle batter into the boiling water either through a colander or BEST through your spatzle maker.
3. When the spatzle float, they’re done. You can eat them now, OR you can fry them in butter. Guess which I would suggest?
Enjoy! Have you ever had spatzle? Schnitzel? Post your comments below. I’m waiting.
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