Cheese Spätzle

    35 min

    This is a classic German recipe for Käsespatzen, literally translated as Cheese sparrows! As a child this was my favourite dish and I still make it at least once a month. It's a delicious alternative to macaroni cheese that your children will love.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3 eggs
    • 250ml water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 500g plain flour
    • knob of butter
    • 2 large onions, cut into thin slices
    • 250g Gruyere or Emmental cheese, coarsely grated

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Mix eggs, water and salt and gradually add the flour, stir with a wooden spoon, beat the dough until it no longer sticks to the bowl. The dough should be very tough.
    2. Preheat a serving bowl, either in a warm oven or in the microwave.
    3. Bring a pan of water to the boil and press the dough through a Spätzle sieve in the salt water. The Spätzle are ready when they float. Drain and place into the warmed dish.
    4. In the meantime, heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the onion until brown.
    5. Layer the Spätzle alternately with the cheese in the dish and sprinkle the onions on top. Serve immediately.

    Forming spatzle...

    You needn't worry if you don't have a spatzle sieve. Simply roll the dough over a wet wooden cutting board. Cut thin strips of dough with a knife, then scrape the strips into boiling water.

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