Friday, January 4, 2013

FFWD ~ Herb-Speckled Spaetzle

Herb-Speckled Spaetzle…true comfort food!
Happy New Year to all my fellow Doristas!! Our first recipe for 2013 is Herb-Speckled Spaetzle! The perfect cold weather recipe! Comfort food at it’s best, and so delicious!!
This one was a first for me. I had always wanted to make homemade noodles or spaetzle.  I remember as a young child, standing near the stove, watching my mother making what she called "Hungarian Noodles" or dumplings.  The recipe was one that my Hungarian grandmother made all the time.  My aunt wrote, and translated, many of my grandmothers recipes for my mom, who loved learning this new cuisine.  This was the food my father grew up on.  Having learned to make Chicken Paprikash, and Poppy Seed Rolls, I never attempted Hungarian dumplings aka noodles. I think of them  as a cousin to the German spaetzle, meaning “little sparrow”.  Spaetzle is a dish of tiny noodles or dumplings made with flour, eggs, water or milk, salt and sometimes nutmeg.  This dough was soft.  Once mixed, it is forced through, in my case a flat grater, or if you have one a spaetzel maker, into a pot of boiling water.  In Germany, it is served as a side dish, much like potatoes or rice.
Dories' recipe called for sautéing mushrooms and onions in butter and oil, then adding the spaetzle to the sautéed mushrooms. The Spaetzle was easy to make, and quicker then I thought.  I served mine with broiled lamb chops. I really enjoyed the dumpling texture, which is a bit chewy. I will definitely make these again. Maybe next time add them to a soup.  Happy Friday, Everyone!!

Dorie’s recipe can be found in her cookbook “Around My French Table” or  here on Epicurious. To see how the other Doristas did with their spaetzle, check it out here.


Rosemary, parsley and thyme chopped
Batter ready to be used
I used a flat grater to make my spaetzle
One batch boiling away
Cooked and ready to add to mushroom mixture
Sautéing the mushrooms
Spaetzle and chicken broth mixed into the mushroom sauté 
Dinner is served….yum!


22 comments:

  1. I wish my spaeztle had been as easy to make as yours was! I think my batter was too thick. Well, I guess that just means I'll have to try again! Your spaetzle looks fantastic!

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  2. You're making me hungry all over again for this spaeztle! Your grater worked perfectly!

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  3. They look wonderful Kathy! I make them all the time in winter with goulash, but never with herbs. I think a vegetarian version is so clever!

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  4. Such a great post. I learned a few fun facts from your write-up. Good job with the grater...your spaetzle looks perfect. It is an extra bonus when our projects bring to mind memories that are so precious in our families. And when we produce, with success, similar foods, there is a greater sense of accomplishment and the feeling that grandma is somewhere smiling at us. Happy New Year to you!

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  5. Your spaetzle look delicious, Kathy! I love how this was connected to memories of your grandmother and father. To me, that's part of the pleasure of home cooking. The lamb chops look good too. Happy New Year!

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  6. Your spaetzle turned out great! I should've used a grater instead of a slotted spoon. Mine looks more dumpling-y.

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  7. Looks delicious! I used leftovers to make soup and it was really good - I recommend it!

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  8. Your spaetzle turned out great! I will be using a slotted spoon to make mine - yikes!

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  9. Comfort food indeed! I totally agree. Yum.

    I used a grater as well - a bit of a chore, but with great results.

    Happy New Year. Stay warm!

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    1. Happy New Year Kathy! I made this too and LOVED it! It was much fun to make!! I am having "trouble" getting pictures to post on my blog -- I'll keep working at it!!

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  10. Kathy, absolutely perfectly prepared delicious looking Spätzle! This was a great recipe and it is quite nice to read that so many of the Doristas enjoyed making these fabulous noodles.
    Have a wonderful weeekend!

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  11. Great looking spaetzle! Will definitely try the mushrooms next time. It could almost be its own meal then.

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  12. That looks perfect. We enjoyed this recipe and will definitely be making it again. Happy New Year.

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  13. Beautiful job! I love hearing about your family's food history - it's becoming so rare that people are passing down their recipes to younger generations, these days.

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  14. How great that your aunt took the time to translate your grandmother's recipes! Your spaetzle looks delicious - and those mushrooms look great too. Happy New Year, Kathy!

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  15. I love spaetzles but have never tried making them. Looks delicious!

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  16. Oh, these are gorgeous photos of it all...and I didn't even try to make it as I don't have a spaetzle maker, so thanks for showing that as I do have one of those!!! I need to try this one. I need to get that blog back up and running. Thank you for your sweet comments about Vash's passing...so comforting to know others go through it and feel the same feelings. xo

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  17. Happy New Year to you too, Kathy! Your spaetzle looks delicious. It does sound like the perfect food for a cold, January day!

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  18. Kathy, your Spitzle looks wonderful! It seems this was the perfect dish to start the New Year. I must get busy and make mine.

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  19. Kathy-this looks so good-I have to try this recipe!
    A very Happy New Year to you and looking forward to following you in 2013;-)

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  20. You did a really nice job on this...photos are yummy!

    Happy New Year Kathy!

    Carmen

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  21. Your spaetzle looks wonderful, Kathy.

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