When I was young, I’d watch my mother make Spaetzle Noodles. She’d fill the Spätzle maker with dough, and down the noodles would fall into the cookpot of boiling water. Spaetzle are as German as…well… potatoes. This noodle side dish is versatile and delicious any way you serve it up. But, like most foods, spätzle taste best when they are hand made (special bonus points if it’s your mom cooking, and she’s using your Oma’s Spaetzle Maker). You can make them yourself with this fairly easy German Spaetzle Recipe.
How to Make Spaetzle Noodles
My mom uses the Spaetzle Maker (not the press)… so that is what I’m used to… but there are many other ways to do it. Which ever way you choose, be ready for a wonderful steamy kitchen and a bit of clean up… but it’s all worth while when you are eating these wonderful little noodles.
(And remember, if this seems like way too much effort, you can buy pre-made Spaetzle … I’ve linked them below)
Easy German Spaetlze Recipe
(and I know there are THOUSANDS of Variation out there)
How to Serve Spaetzle
-As a side dish to a roast, covered in gravy –German Roast Beef with Spaetzle
-As a simple side dish … tossed with butter and fresh parsley- Spaetzle with Butter/parsley
-baked with cheese – Oma’s German Cheese Spaetzele
Where to get Spaetzle Makers
You can get any style of Spaetzle Maker you (or your Oma) prefer. My mom liked the one that looks like a cheese grater… but I know a lot of people prefer the press. (And the press can be used for other things like SPAGHETTI EIS!)
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Want to see HOW to make Spaetzle?
This is how my mom does it… with a Spaetzle Maker-