Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spaetzle with Caramelized Onions

I love spaetzle . . . I love to make it and use it in SO many dishes . . . plus my skills at making it have improved drastically over the years. One of my favorite ways to eat it is also incredibly simple. It just takes a little time . . . but is worth it in the end!
I love the look, shape and texture of the noodles. They look homemade, have perfect curves and shapes for cradling gravies and sauces . . . plus if you go to your cupboard and are out of pasta or noodles you can make a batch of spaetzle faster than you can hit the grocery store.
Spaetzle with Caramelized Onions
Recipe by: Emily

2 cups Flour
2 eggs
3/4 cup of Milk
1 tsp Salt
Dash of Nutmeg
1 Large Onion, sliced
1 tsp Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 Tbsp Butter
Chopped Parsley (optional)

1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan, melt together. Add the 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar to the melted butter/oil, add the sliced onion and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until onions begin to brown. Lower heat to medium low and continue to cook onion stirring occasionally until softened and caramelized, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. While the onions cook mix the flour, nutmeg and salt together in a medium bowl. Mix the eggs and milk together in a separate bowl then add to the flour mixture. Whisk together until no lumps are left in the dough. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.
3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place a colander or course sieve over the boiling water, scrape the spaetzle dough through the colander holes using a scraper or spoon allowing the dough to drop into the boiling water like teardrops. Boil the spaetzle for 6-8 minutes or until all of the noodles float to the top, stirring gently to separate noodles if needed. Drain noodles in a colander and rinse with water.
4. Add the remaining butter to the onions, add the spaetzle noodles to the onions and cook for 3-5 minutes, season with salt and pepper. This makes a great side dish for any German fare or alone. Enjoy!

-You can also toast fresh bread crumbs and sprinkle over the top or your favorite shredded cheese.
- Spaetzle is a great sub for macaroni noodles in mac and cheese or in soups!


Pam said...

I love anything with caramelized onions... this dish looks amazing.

Kathleen said...

I just learned how to make this. I can't wait to try it with the caramelized onions. YUM

Kelli said...

This reminds me of my stay in Germany as a foreign exchange student. My host mother was a great cook and I brought home a recipe for Spaetzle, but somehow it didn't turn out quite as good as hers. You've inspired me to try again!

teresa said...

i reeeeally want to make this, mmmm!