Thursday, July 24, 2008

Spaetzle

I am kick starting my blog with a food blog event, Monthly Blog Patrol (MBP). This event was started by Coffee , and involves browsing through the food blogs and picking recipes to cook.

This month's MBP is being hosted by Nupur of One Hot Stove and the theme is Less is More . Bloggers have to choose recipes, calling for 5 or less ingredients only, from other food blogs. To make things simple salt, water (or stock) and fats are excluded from the count of the ingredients. Also tempering or tadka can be counted as one ingredient.


MBP: Less is More
It gives me a big high to start off with an event hosted by Nupur, because it was with her blog several months ago that I started browsing the food blogs.

Recipe for Spaetzle (pætsl) was shared by Arundhati. I also got some very good tips and tricks for it from ChezTeddy. I have put down my version of the recipe.

Ingredients:
1 C All-purpose Flour
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Milk
2 tsp Oregano
1/2 T Oil
1 T Butter
Salt, to taste
1.5 L Water

In a bowl mix the flour, eggs, milk, oil and salt, to form a smooth paste. Leave it to rest for 15-20 mins.
To cook the spaetzle, bring the water to boil in a vessel (I used a wok for it), add 1 T Salt to it. Wipe a flat board (cutting board would do) and a scrapper with water. Put the mix on the board to make a flat strip of about 5 cms width and 4 mm in diameter, this will solely depend on weather you like your spaetzle thick or thin. I like mine thin.

Spaetzle can be made either By Hand, scraping the dough strip from a board into the boiling water, or with a Spaetzle Press, the shape will hence differ based on the method you used. The ones made with the press will look just like noodles, as for the ones made with hand...keep reading.


Hold the board at the edge of the vessel at an angle, and scrap small pieces from the dough into the boiling water. Make sure you had your hands washed with water before starting with this; it will protect your hands from the steam of the boiling water. Once they are cooked they will float on the surface. Remove and put into cold water. Leave them in there for 5 mins.

Spaetzle
In a pan heat the butter and add oregano to it. Add the cooled spaetzle, toss for a minute and Voila! It's done. I garnished it with the greens of the spring onions.
Spaetzle
While making the second batch I grated some cheddar cheese on them. Cheese enhanced the flavor of Spaetzle. By the time I realized I had to take a photo of it, we were nearly done with it.

10 comments:

Nupur said...

Nidhi, kudos on making a challenging dish like spaetzle! Thank you for this wonderful entry; your blog is off to a great start.

Nidhi said...

~Nupur
Thank you. I'm more than glad you like it.

Aniruddh said...

Hey this is one super tasty dish...and guess what I just had it yesterday... at your place... remember? ;) ... the pics n all just awesome!

Nidhi said...

~Aniruddh
Thanks. I guess I remember you.

Shibin said...

Hey Nidhi, it looks yummy and sounds delicious(courtesy: Aniruddh's comments)!! Definitely i will try this today...

Nidhi said...

~Shibin
Do try it out. It makes for a good meal

Arundathi said...

Nidhi, glad you tried the spaetzle and liked it. it is delicious, isn't it? :) your blog is indeed off to a great start - will check back often! :)

Nidhi said...

~Arundhati
Your Spaetzle recipe was indeed a very good one. I do want to try the ones you made using a press as well.
Glad you liked it :)

Rumela said...

Hey!! that spaetzle recipe looks Scrumptious. It must the great to taste too. Yummm..I love spaetzle. I am going to try this tonight for diner.

mitthu said...

whats next....... Come up fast.... I guess all fans are already switched off, don't let them hang more. They will relocate to new location.