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Authentic German Spaetzle is a German dumpling formed from a simple dough that’s pressed through a colander or a spaetzle maker, then boiled. They are hearty and tender and a delicious side for just about any German dish!
This recipe has been passed down for generations, and from my Oma to my mom and to me. My family on my mother’s side is straight outta Germany, with my grandma being born and raised there, and having her children there as well.
As with many Mexican recipes, there can be regional differences to recipes we consider “authentic.” My grandma is Schwäbisch, from a region in the southwestern part of Germany, and this recipe is authentic to us. However it may be slightly different from what you might find in a German restaurant or on other sites.
My children absolutely love spaetzle, and they love trying to pronounce it! (The German pronunciation is “shpets-luh”). My husband who had never tried it before was an instant fan. We love it with all kinds of German dishes, but especially with our Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup.
It couldn’t be simpler to make, especially if you have a handy dandy Spaetzle Maker! The one I’ve linked to is that actual one that I own. If you look around on amazon though, you’ll see there are several different kinds. The dough, which is just a combination of flour, eggs, water and salt, is placed in a small colander and the handle is pressed to strain the dough through the holes. It makes the process incredibly easy and painless.
You don’t have to own this helpful gadget to make yourself some darn good spaetzle. The dough is thick, so you can use a knife to just scrape bits of dough off of a small cutting board into the boiling water, or press the dough through a colander or cheese grater.
The Spaetzle Maker is a nifty device though, that comes in quite handy since we make it so often. Using the tool gives you nice long noodle-like dumplings, while scraping or pressing through a colander will give you a smaller dumpling.
This little German dumpling will go perfectly with a variety of dishes. Here are some of our favorites:
Here are a few more European and German recipes to try: