Spätzle (Aka Spaetzle)

Spätzle (Aka Spaetzle)

BrianCamfam Cookery
Spätzle translates to little swallows in German, which makes a lot of sense when you consider their shape. These micro-dumplings cook in a just a few minutes, and are great plain with browned butter or topped with slowly braised meat.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour plus more as needed
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche sour cream, or plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons milk or as needed


  • Place flour, egg, salt, cayenne, cream fraiche, and milk in a mixing bowl. Whisk together until batter drips slowly off the whisk. If batter seems too thin, add a bit more flour; if too thick, add a bit more milk. You can test the thickness using the smooth side of a cheese grater with fairly large holes. If a dollop of the batter does not drip through the grating holes, it’s the right consistency.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to push a spoonful of batter through the holes of the smooth side of the grater into the simmering water.
  • When dumplings rise to the surface of the water, they are done. This will take just a few minutes. Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon, and repeat in batches with remaining batter.


If you’re planning to eat this with butter, be sure to melt the butter in a skillet and cook it until it’s nutty brown before you make the spätzle. Remove skillet from the heat until your spätzle are cooked. Turn the heat up to medium and cook and stir the spätzle until they are coated with butter. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

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