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Old 07-29-2008, 07:23 PM   #1
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I wanna make Spaetzle

Being 3/4 or so German I feel it's my duty to learn to make it...
Plus I saw some on Diners Drive-Ins Dives that looked SUPER!

I'm reading recipes and they all say to press thru a spaetzle maker, ricer, or large sieve....

What the guy I saw made was just dumped into his cooking liquid and it all separated into tiny pieces all by itself....

Has anyone done that? Same batter / dough consistency as pressed or no??

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Old 07-29-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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I've made it badly a few times.

I've seen it made using a pastry knife for cutting but that looked difficult.

I used a colander.

I can't imagine how he could get the batter to break up if he just dumped it in the water .....

Maggi Spaetzle is my friend ....
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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Yeah.....
I have a half missing fingernail from chopping last week's basil that screams DONT CHOP THE SPAETZLE!!!!
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I should see what episode that was, I think DH saved it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:43 PM   #4
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I have 12 unwatched DD&Ds on the DVR.
I can't watch them all tonight, but I'll try to find the episode you're talking about.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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This, I think, is the episode you are talking about? I would not even go the "cutting" route. I would spring for a ricer or use a colander. What you probably saw was when they were in a bowl it may have looked like a "blob" but they were really already cut.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:32 PM   #6
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A few years ago I wanted to try making spaetzle so, on a whim, I bought a spaetzle maker for less than $5. It works great.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:50 PM   #7
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I found it, it recorded last night.
It was in Jefferson, LA and it was a green onion, creole mustard spaetzle...
I musta missed the part where he was squeezing it out of the colander into the pot when I went outside to rescue haircut boy from Lego girl and the garden hose......
Guess I'm back to the colander!
Thanks for looking though!!!
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:04 PM   #8
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I love Triple D and I too have been wondering about spaetzle... but I had no intentions of making it myself... I was leaning towards jennyema's idea!!!
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It's really simple to make even if you don't have anything to press it through. I've just dropped it by small spoonfuls (think babyfood spoon size) and they come out fine. Not the nice thin noodles but more like dumplings and they taste the same.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:34 AM   #10
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Being 3/4 or so German I feel it's my duty to learn to make it...
Plus I saw some on Diners Drive-Ins Dives that looked SUPER!

I'm reading recipes and they all say to press thru a spaetzle maker, ricer, or large sieve....

What the guy I saw made was just dumped into his cooking liquid and it all separated into tiny pieces all by itself....

Has anyone done that? Same batter / dough consistency as pressed or no??
To fulfill your ‘duty’ you should be making them the authentic old fashioned way. They were made by scraping small wormlike pieces of a thin layer of the flour and egg based paste / dough off of a board into a half full pot of salted boiling water with a spatula. A three inch wide putty knife could be used as the spatula. The big trick when making larger batches is avoiding over-cooking the first bunch while still schnibling the rest of the dough into the water.
Suggested rezept (for 2 - 4 Personen):
375 grams (13 oz) flour
2 eggs
1/4 liter (1 cup) water

Use only as much of the water as is needed to achieve a dough that can be spread on and scrapped off the spaetzle board.

If you cheat by using a spaetzlehobel (pictured above in thread) or a colander, you'll need to make the dough a little thinner.

- guten appetite
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