Spaetzle (German: Spätzle) means literally translated "little sparrow" and is a Swabian specialty from Germany. It is made from flour, eggs, water, and salt. There are different techniques to make spaetzle, such as using a spaetzle-maker or spaetzle-press. The original technique is to use a kitchen board and a grater.
- Combine all ingredients using hands or an electrical mixer.
- Add enough water to make a dough that is slightly sticky, but still elastic and stiff.
- Beat long enough for bubbles to rise.
- Boil a large pot with salted water.
- If using only a board, sweep a spoon of dough over the kitchen board with the grater. Cut/grate small pieces of the dough with the grater into the hot water. If using a spaetzle-maker, put a spoon of dough into the maker and press through the holes into the water. The spaetzle are done when they rise and swim on the water surface.
- Remove spaetzle from the water with a slotted spoon and put into a lightly oiled bowl.