spaetz·​le | \ ˈshpet-slə How to pronounce spaetzle (audio) , -sᵊl, -slē also ˈshpāt-\
variants: or less commonly
plural spaetzle or spaetzles also spätzle or spätzles

Definition of spaetzle

: a small dumpling cooked by running batter through a colander into boiling water

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Entree options include short rib with spaetzle, grilled octopus, salmon with apricot quinoa or herb lemon chicken breast with spaghetti squash and ratatouille. Michael Mayo,, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 Tender roast beef with warm red cabbage and squiggly egg noodles (made with an heirloom spaetzle press) has Sunday supper written all over it, at least for this fellow Midwesterner. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "La Betty in Mount Vernon Triangle gives its diners a family hug," 21 June 2019 The kitchen served up a succession of reimagined classics, from a brazenly modern take on spaetzle to a veal stew that had come a very long way from its humble origins. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 After a round of pretzels, spaetzle and schnitzel, my friend Amanda Hesser, CEO of the website Food52, shared a disturbing discovery: For years, her mother, Judith, had baked with salted butter. Charlotte Druckman, sacbee, "In a churn of events, salted butter is back | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Among the German specialties are massive Bavarian pretzels, brats, schnitzel, spaetzle, and crispy German potato cakes. Tara Massouleh,, "How to spend 24 hours in Chattanooga, Tennessee," 25 Apr. 2018 Cook's notes: To make spaetzle, lightly beat 1 egg in a medium bowl. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Try these hot and comforting foods when the temperature nosedives," 3 Jan. 2018 For example, one night’s omnivoral option was a pork chop with a mustard-cornichon sauce over handmade spaetzle with a ginger-carrot puree. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Outlaw Kitchens sets a neighborly table in Alta Vista," 5 Apr. 2018 In the hands of chef Denise Mazal, jaeger schnitzel, handmade sausages, spaetzle dumplings, fresh rye bread and sweet sauerkraut all give stout reprimands to the Bavarian stereotypes, crowned by kolaches worthy of any pastry chef’s portfolio. San Antonio Express-News, "Little Gretel," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spaetzle

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spaetzle

German Spätzle, from German dialect, diminutive of Spatz sparrow, dumpling

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