Everyone can think of a “comfort food” they turn to when feeling a bit needy. I love anything related to bread or dough and this recipe is quick, inexpensive, and easy.
I’d like to share a recipe for Spaetzle (pronounced spehtzl), a German soft noodle that takes only minutes to make. You will need to purchase a spaetzle maker as seen below. I tried everything in my kitchen to make it without the device and was sorely frustrated! Purchase price begins around $10 dollars for a maker like the one shown below. They are worth every penny if you like to make and eat spaetzle!
The ingredient list is short and preparation time is minutes.
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2-1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 TBLSP oil
Mix all ingredients at once in mixing bowl until batter is smooth. Beat for a few minutes extra to lighten the batter and help it rise.
The dough becomes light in color and a bit elastic. Pour into the cup of the maker and slide back and forth into a kettle of either boiling salted water or your favorite broth. Stir the noodles so they don’t stick to the bottom or clump together. Continue to make the spaetzle until all dough is gone. Stir again to ensure the noodles are not sticking together and let boil until they fluff up and rise to the surface of the broth. This only takes a few minutes at most. Taste test to make sure they are cooked through; then drain and pour into a serving bowl.
Add butter, olive oil, gravy, parsley or spice of your choice and stir up a great side dish.
Tonight I sauteed some onions and thinly sliced beef steak until tender, seasoned to taste and mixed with the spaetzle to make a delicious quick supper. This is comfort at it’s best!