A super easy-to-make traditional German delicacy.
I know, it has been a while! I moved houses at the beginning of May and I now live on a house boat right on the Thames. It still is a very exciting time and we’re still sorting everything out. So please have a little patience with me before I’ll start baking again.
In the meanwhile, why not treat yourself to a very traditional German speciality? My boyfriend lives in Southern Germany at the moment and food is very traditional down there. Doesn’t mean it always is super rich and filling. And as it happens, I really like cheese and he knows how to make “Käse Spätzle” (that’s the German word for Cheese Spaetzle), a kind of German pasta that you can make without much effort. Cheese Spaetzle are quite idiot-proof and actually kind of fun to make:
for 2-4 people
- 300g flour
- 4 eggs
- 100g grated cheese
- 1 onion (or dried ones to sprinkle them on top)
- olive oil (only if you use fresh onions)
Bring a large pan with water to the boil. Add salt.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Combine the flour, eggs and a pinch of salt and whisk them until the pasta dough is really sticky. If it’s not sticky enough, add some water or milk. If it’s too runny, add some flour.
Now, the fun part: Take a plastic cutting board, put some spaetzle dough on it and spread it thinly. Cut finger long bits right into the simmering water.
Do this with the entire dough (it might take you a while, that’s why I usually have some red wine handy… hehe).
The spaetzle are ready when they appear on the surface of the simmering water.
Put the cooked spaetzle into an oven proof dish and cover them with as much cheese as you like. Bake in the oven for 180°C until the Cheese Spaetzle are crispy brown on top.
Finally, sprinkle them with onions. (If you use fresh onions, cut them really thinly and fry them in a bit of olive oil until they’re slightly crispy -or just use dried onions.)
Here’s the breakdown for you (based on 4 people):
Cheese Spaetzle are really great with a dark red wine, we had Pinot Noir if I remember correctly. Also, a little side of greens are good if you’d have the feeling that dish is kind of lacking green (it is!).
Overall, Cheese Spaetzle are so easy to make that you can’t really go wrong with them. Also, the recipe can easily be adjusted to more people eating: Just add 75g flour and 1 egg (plus one extra egg for the entire recipe) for every person. Not that difficult :)
Enjoy your Cheese Spaetzle!
Love, Becca x