An easy to make homemade German style noodle, spaetzle is a delicious side dish for all your fall entertaining or an easy weeknight side dish anytime.
It’s the time of year for lots of family fun to enjoy some of the traditions of the German Oktoberfest during the fall.
We’re having beautiful weather this year. It’s just perfect to be out and about pumpkin picking and enjoying all the seasonal family fun celebrations this month.
We lived in a very small town way back in the ’80’s when our girls were youngsters. Every October we always looked forward to the Oktoberfest family event on Main Street. There was a lot of sidewalk entertainment for the kids, ‘oompah music’ with dancing, and of course traditional foods and craft beers that our local shop owners would provide.
It seems like ages ago (I guess 35+ years is ages ago or even a generation ago). Alas times change and today many towns across the country may be quiet or even shy away from hosting this type of event.
It’s time we start new traditions so I’m not giving up on the good food and fun of Oktoberfest. I often make a some type of traditional side dish to compliment our regular chicken or burgers.
Spaetzle, sometimes called a German noodle or a German dumpling, is a favorite of ours. The noodles are boiled and served with butter. A simple dish that is easy to make, and is a complimentary side dish for almost any meal. It’s an easy recipe that you will want to make all the time.
There is a ‘spaetzle maker’ to which you add the batter and it slides across the top dropping the noodles into the boiling water. No worries if you do not have a spaetzle maker, I use a metal colander and it works perfectly.
So easy to make you can prepare easy homemade German spaetzle anytime you wish, all you need is flour and eggs and the usual butter and milk we always have. A few seasonings are added and there you have a delicious easy homemade German spaetzle side dish.
Easy Homemade German Spaetzle
Homemade German Spaetzle are sometimes called German Dumplings or noodles which are served with butter as a side dish.
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1/2 tsp.salt
- 1 pinch white pepper (use black pepper if you don't have white)
- 1/2 tsp.ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp.butter
- 2 TBLS.chopped fresh parsley
- 4 quarts hot water
- Add the water to a 5 quart pot and heat to a simmer.
- Mix together the flour, salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Beat the eggs in a small dish and alternate adding the egg and milk to the flour mixture.
- Mix dough until smooth. Press a small portion of the dough through a metal cheese grater or colander and drop into the simmering water. Add only a portion of the batter and cook approx. 5 to 8 minutes.
- Drain well. Continue this process until you have used all the batter.
- Heat a medium sauce pan to medium heat and add the butter and cooked spaetzle and saute 2 or 3 minutes just to coat the spaetzle with the butter. Add the chopped parsley and serve.
This easy homemade German Spaetzle recipe can be many anytime of year. It's easy to make and it's also great to add to your homemade soups as well. Feel free to add in additional vegetables, I like to add in fresh spinach which I often have in the fridge. Veggies add another layer of 'healthy'!
You might also enjoy this delicious and easy to make Red Cabbage as a side dish.
Happy Oktoberfest and I know you will enjoy this easy homemade German Spaetzle recipe to make anytime of the year.