I was so excited to make this as we have been enjoying spätzle here since we first moved here! However, I had not made it from scratch yet and was eager to attempt this.
The ingredients are easy enough and I didn't even have to pick anything additional up from the grocery store. Don't let easy ingredients fool you though...
I started with the spätzle dough first. It was VERY difficult to mix by hand and I never really saw bubbles. I am going to have to figure out what I did wrong. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comment section!
Here is Baby Bird showing the consistency of the spätzle dough.
I don't have a spätzle maker so I had to also chop up the spätzle pieces by hand also. It was very frustrating and difficult and I don't think I would attempt this again without one. The picture below shows me cutting up the dough into thin slices. Keeping the cooking board wet seemed like an important step!
As I made the spätzle pieces (I cut them up much smaller than what you saw in the pic above), I put them in the boiling water by hand since they don't easily slide off of the cutting board.
Just as I would put a few in, they would be ready to take out with the slotted spoon! I must have looked mad putting a few pieces in and then grabbing my spoon and taking them out and putting them in...you get the picture!
After the madness was finished, I grated some cheese and cut some roasted red bell peppers to add. The Scientist helped by sauteing some onions. My helper, Baby Bird, made sure that everything tasted ok before we added everything together. (He is a cheese FIEND!)
All the deliciousness we added minus the sauted onions!
We then layered everything together. It looked and smelled delicious! I generously greased the baking pan with butter but didn't add any extra since the onions seemed to be pretty greasy on their own. I did add extra cheese though. (see my cheese fiend pic above)
All together, it was DELICIOUS!! We served it with a green salad and the Scientist also ate it with some leftover Wurst we had. I was content with just spätzle. :)
This was definitely a 2 thumbs up recipe but before I attempt again, see my notes below.
- Buy a spätzlemaker before attempting this.
- Why didn't I get any bubbles? More water?
- One change I made was adding roasted red peppers which were a fantastic addition.
- I also deleted some of the butter but made up for it by adding extra cheese.
- I am thinking because of my lack of bubbles, the spätzle was a little heavier than it should have been but still much better than store bought!
Are you ready for Apfelstrudfel next week? Come back next to find out another delicious recipe was
I also have to say that I am really digging seeing how others are making these recipes. Cooking is fun but cooking together virtually is even more fun!
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