Other than that as always we are out to eat good food.
This weekend we were craving German food. Bub made some tasty braised beef and I took on Spaetzle.
I have to rewind and tell you about my first experience cooking spaetzle. The first attempt I went into it a bit cocky, I thought "hey I'm 1/2 German I can do this". Little did I know how underprepared I was! I used almost every thing in the kitchen that had a hole in it. And made a huge mess. The first round turned out tasty but not to my standard. I knew something wasn't right and making spaetzle couldn't be THAT hard.
Fast forward to last night, I was much better prepared we had purchased a spaetzle tool. I'm sure there is a fancy name but that's what I'm calling it. It worked like a dream! After looking at a couple recipes again I went to my German roots and channeled my ancestors and said I could do this. And I DID! With less mess and less time. It actually looked and tasted like I knew what I was doing!
Now I won't lie the picture does this meal NO justice, but it was very tasty and enjoyable and cured our hankering for German food.
So I give to you my very first Spaetzle recipe.
Nikki's German Spaetzle
1/4 C. half and half or you can use milk your choice
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
A few turns of the pepper mill
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
Mix dry ingredients together.
Alternate between adding egg and half and half.
Mix till smooth.
Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
While waiting for batter, salt and boil water.
Find spaetzle tool of your choice.
Once boiling add spaetzle dough to tool. This needs to be done in batches your dough will cook on the tool. Let dough drop into water and cook in water about 30 seconds or until it floats. Remove with hand strainer and put in larger colander.
Repeat until all the dough is used.
Once spaetzle is made let sit in colander for at least 15 mins.
When ready add butter to pan (I used the one the water was boiling in). Once butter is nice and hot toss in spaetzle and cook for about 5 mins until brown bits form on spaetzle pieces. Remove add parsley if doing so.
Notes: This makes a small portion. Best to double the recipe.