Basic Spatzle, A German Egg Dumpling!

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Spatzle is a great alternative to pasta!  It is a German egg dumpling usually served alongside a goulash or stew.  Its simplicity is amazing, taking only about 10 minutes from start to finish.  The ingredients are so simple and are usually on hand, making it very irresistible not to make.   Whether you use all-purpose, wheat, or spelt flour, the results are the same, delicious!  A simple colander placed over boiling water can be used, but honestly, a spatzle maker is such an inexpensive and worthwhile investment.  The ease in which you create a wonderful meal will astound you and leave you wanting more!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2  cups all-purpose flour

1/2  teaspoon baking powder

3/4  teaspoons salt

pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

2  large eggs

1/2  cup milk or water (I use milk)

 

Preparing:

  1.  Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl, set aside.
  2.  Beat together eggs and milk or water.
  3.  Add egg mixture to flour and stir with a wooden spoon until you have an elastic  batter.  If it is too thick, just add a bit more milk or water.
  4.  Using a spatzle maker or a colander, drop batter into a pot of boiling water.
  5.  Spatzle are done when they float to the top, which is almost immediate.
  6.  Drain and serve with a little bit of butter or olive oil, a goulash or stew, sauted  vegetables or a sliced pork tenderloin like I did.

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