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Rosemary Spaetzle

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | November 3rd, 2011 | Recipes, Side Dishes
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This past Saturday my husband and I planned to spend our day hiking and running errands, which would be followed by a slow-cooked meal for two.  We knew that we were expecting a snowstorm, so it seemed the perfect night to let short ribs braise in the oven while we enjoyed a glass of wine and the warmth of our fireplace.

As we had eaten a late lunch, we planned on having dinner around 8:00.  Around 7:00 we noticed our lights begin to flicker, and I decided to start our side dishes, Rosemary Spaetzle and Balsamic Brussel Sprouts, a little earlier.  That was a good choice.  Less than ten minutes after all of the food was done cooking the power went out. . . and it didn’t return until yesterday afternoon. Of course, while we were enjoying our dinner on a blanket in front of the fire, we didn’t realize that the next four days would be spent without power, so a candlelit house had a romantic feel to it.

My choice of Rosemary Spaetzle was one of convenience.  I had made spaetzle only once prior to this, but on this evening I realized I didn’t have all of the ingredients I needed to make polenta.  Thinking of a simple replacement that had a more gourmet feel than rice, spaetzle came to mind.  With the miniscule amount of ingredients needed and the simplicity of cooking, I am surprised that I haven’t made this dish more often.

I will admit that the technique I used to make the spaetzle is not proper form.  Instead of running the dough over a colander to make the little pieces, I rolled the spaetzle into a thin log and cut it into smaller pieces.  However, this difference in technique did not affect the taste or texture of the finished product and seemed much easier.

I look forward to trying more variations of this recipe in the near future.

Rosemary Spaetzle


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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup flour
  2. 1/2 tsp. salt + more for boiling
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 Tb. fresh rosemary, minced
  6. butter
Instructions
  1. Fill a medium stock pot with water, season generously with salt, and bring to a full boil over high heat.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add milk and egg, and stir well to combine.
  3. Continue to stir and add rosemary. Using a floured surface and hands, roll dough into a skinny log, about 1/2″ diameter. (Depending on the size of your workspace, you may need to divide the dough into 2 logs.)
  4. Cut the log into 1″ pieces. Place half of the spaetzle pieces into the pot at one time, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from pot with slotted spoon, and place in serving dish.
  6. Top with 1/2 tablespoon butter. Repeat with other half of dough.
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