“SPÄTZLIS” are now very well spread in Switzerland and the original recipe has since long been adapted to our modern needs and tastes.
“SPÄTZLIS” is one of my favorite Swiss dishes as it’s simple to make and so delicious!!! I especially recommend you to eat this tasty and hearty speciality during grey Winter days when you are in need for comfort food, while cocooning at home…
400g Plain white flour
200g Durum flour (“semolina di grano duro”)
150 ml Milk
150 ml Water
6 Eggs (~50g each)
1. Mix the flours and salt together in a bowl.
2. Whisk the eggs together with the milk and water.
3. Pour the egg/milk/water mixture into the bowl containing the flours and salt. Beat well until the pastry is shiny and makes bubbles.
4. Cover the bowl and reserve at room temperature for around half an hour.
5. Put water to boil (3 liters minimum) and add a tablespoon salt.
6. Once the water is boiling, bring the heat down and let the water simmer gently.
7. Sieve the pastry into the boiling water (through a medium-holed sieve) helping yourself with a spatula. Proceed in batches.
8. When the “SPÄTZLIS” are floating on the surface of the water, take them out with a perforated skimmer.
9. Place the cooked “SPÄTZLIS” in a heatproof bowl or dish and keep warm.
The pastry should not be too runny; it should be thickish and viscous. Your arm should ache while beating the mixture.
Once the “SPÄTZLIS” have been cooked, you can add a little butter (stops them from sticking together).
You could also incorporate spices/ingredients (cheese, garlic powder, ground meat, etc…) in the pastry as long as it’s consistency is still correct.Serving suggestions:"SPÄTZLIS" are widely appreciated as an accompaniment (side dish) to wild meat/venison served with chestnuts and cranberry jam.
They are also fine when spiced up (curry powder, garlic powder,tomatoe purée, pesto, etc…), enriched (cheese, dry meat, spinach, etc…) or prepared as a sweet dish.
You could also incorporate spices/ingredients (cheese, garlic powder, ground meat, etc…) in the pastry as long as it’s consistency is still correct. They can be used in the same way as pastas or as the main ingredient in an oven-baked gratin, and can be eaten either “al-dente” or slightly fried in butter until nice and golden.
If you can’t get any durum flour for the confection of your “SPÄTZLIS”, here’s another recipe…
300g Plain white flour
2 Tsp Salt
Proceed in the same way as with the recipe above, but don’t forget that the milk, egg and water mixture should not be over 600ml.
Soon, I’ll share with you the sweet “SPÄTZLIS” version. For now, I guess you have enough experiencing to do in order to keep youself occupied!...
(Spätzlis -Pic 1 by Rosa @Rosa's Yummy Yums)
(Spätzlis With St Augur Cheese -Pic 2 by Rosa @Rosa's Yummy Yums)