Spaetzle is a German dumpling or noodle of sorts. It is super easy to make and you only need a few ingredients for this delicious gluten-free spaetzle!
How is Spaetzle eaten?
I had never had spaetzle before my friend Nikka was talking about making it one day on a hike! She has family who lives in Germany! I couldn't have the version she and her Mom were making because of wheat flour in the recipe, however, we decided to try to make it gluten free! You don't have to miss out because you follow a gluten-free diet or lifestyle!
Nikka's family traditionally eats this side dish with a brown gravy made from the roast's drippings or a package. Either way, it's delicious! She also makes it flavored with herbs and cheese in the dough if they are going to eat it without the gravy. I also read online that people make Sauerbraten to go with it and use the drippings of that for the gravy! That's on my list to try now!
We ate the Spaetzle with brown gravy and served it with our Octoberfest Feast!
Here's why you should try this authentic German food:
It is fluffy but has a little chewy texture that is perfect when it is paired with brown gravy!
Spaetzle is a perfect side dish for a German theme party! We made it for our Octoberfest party!
It is a fun name to say and let me tell you that my friend Nikka had to correct me several times for saying it wrong lol!
It pairs perfectly with Octoberfest beer... here are a few of my favorites.
It also pairs perfectly with Greman wines! Here are a few of the ones we tried. I found them at Total Wine.
Spaetzle is authentic german food. And I would love to go and try traditional spaetzle in Germany one day, however, the homemade version will have to do until I do!
Here's what you need to make gluten free spaetzle:
You will need the following ingredients:
3 Cups 1 for 1 Gluten free flour. I used Bob's Red Mill
6 Eggs whisked
A Pinch of Salt
Milk- a few Tsp
1/4-1/2 Cup of Butter
I found this Spaetzle Maker (amazon associate link) and it was less than $20. I found it super helpful to make the spaetzle. You don't need a special gadget to make these as you could use a pastry bag or a food grater to make them. I just know that these will be your next favorite thing!
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Here is how to make the Spaetzle?
Tips and Tricks:
I tried to make the spaetzle dough using the method that Oma (Nikka's Mom) uses, however gluten free flour does not respond the same way as wheat flour! lol! I created the well in my flour on a cutting board and poured the eggs in and it did not stay there! The eggs ran all over. LOL. I recommend using a bowl to make the dough.
Oma uses only eggs and flour to make her dough. It turned out delicious however, I think I would add a little milk to the dough or more eggs next time to thin it out a bit. I had to work to get it through the spaetzle press. Whereas, Oma's dough is more like thick pancake batter.
We put the cooked spaetzle in a colander to drain while we finished cooking it in batches which was great and it did not stick to each other. Then we fried it in lots of butter in a big pan. OHMYGOSH it was so delicious! I will be adding this to our comfort food rotation!
If you like this recipe, you should check out my other German Food Recipes such as German Potato Salad, Apple Strudel, Obatzda (German beer cheese spread) and 2 Ingredient Soft Pretzels!
Here is the printable recipe:
Check out the video of us making it!
Who's ready to eat?
I hope you love this gluten free version as much as we do!
A big thanks to our friends who helped make this meal as well as video and picture work!
Best Wishes for Gluten Free Dishes!
I am so glad you are here!