Späetzle is a simple German side dish that can be mixed up many different ways. It can be served as is with butter and salt and pepper as shown or can be transferred to a skillet and sautéed with other flavors. This is a foundation recipe for you to use your imagination and mix it up your way. Try sautéing in butter or olive oil with garlic, herbs, cheese or any ingredient to your liking. Ingredient amounts will serve between 4 – 6 people.
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
2 eggs beaten
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of butter
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper about 1/2 teaspoon of each
Fill a large pot 1/2 way to 3/4 of the way with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pot if you want to bring the water to a boil faster. Make späetzle while waiting for water to boil. In a large bowl add all ingredients and beat until just incorporated, but do not over beat. Using a spaetzle maker, large-holed sieve or large-holed cheese grater, press dough through the device of your choice into a large pot of boiling water. Do in batches or it will stick together. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, place in a large bowl and continue to make the rest. Add the butter and salt and pepper, stir and serve immediately.