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Spaetzle

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Makes 4 servings 1x

Time 20 minutes

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Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, more or less
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • Chopped fresh parsley or chives for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Combine the flour with the pepper and a large pinch of salt in a bowl. Lightly beat together the eggs and milk and add the flour; stirring. If necessary, add a little more milk to make a batter about the consistency of pancake batter.
  2. Scoop a tablespoon or so of batter and drop it into the water; small pieces may break off but the batter should remain largely intact and form a disk; repeat, using about one-third to one-fourth of the batter, depending on the size of your pot. When the spaetzle rise to the top, a couple of minutes later (you mave have to loosen them from the bottom, but they’ll pop right up), cook another minute or so, then transfer with a slotted spoon into a bowl of ice water. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  3. Drain the spaetzle (at this point you can toss them with a bit of oil and refrigerate, covered, for up to a day). Heat the butter or oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the spaetzle, a few at a time, and quickly brown on both sides. Serve hot, garnished with the parsley or chives.

— Recipe from The Best Recipes in the World