Monday, September 14, 2009

My Love Affair with Spätzle

Call it a love affair or call it a one night stand, but I was a spätzle virgin until today. I had never eaten it, made it, or even seen spätzle outside of photographs and television, but today, spätzle and I, we went all the way... and it was good. Spätzle are small boiled German dumplings tossed in melted butter and served as a side dish. You make a thick batter containing flour, eggs, milk, salt, and nutmeg and then use a spätzle maker (which looks sort of like a flat grater with wide holes, and this square frame over it where you pour the batter and then push it back and forth over the holes and hold the entire contraption over a pot of salted boiling water dropping the little dumplings into the water to boil briefly) to make the appropriate shapes. Then you shock them in cold water once they are cooked, and rewarm them by sautéing in melted butter. They are chewy and buttery, somewhat like pasta, but thicker and chewier. Spätzle is goooood. I can totally see how this can be a comfort dish in the the countries of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where they all have variations of this dish. In other news, here are some of my quick photos from class today...

Coq au Vin with Braised Red Cabbage and Spätzle

Braised Lamb Shank with Beans, Braised Cabbage Roll, and Polish Noodles and Cabbage
Irish Lamb Stew
Old-Fashioned Beef StewPork Chops with Knockwurst and Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage, and Stewed Cucumbers with Sour Cream & Dill
Pot Roast with Stewed Cucumbers with Sour Cream & Dill and Spätzle
Plating and garnishing dishes

Gotta love dessert donations from pastry classes ;-) Yum!


Jamie said...

Hey Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog about what happens in class. I check it daily. :)

Victoria K. said...

Thanks, Jamie!! I'm glad you enjoy reading it as I enjoy writing it :) You're a good friend, haha.

Lucine said...

You're killing me with these pics. I'm going to 'drop by' class one of these days and help myself to this food. hehehe.

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