spaetz·​le | \ˈshpet-slə, -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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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 Upstairs, there was another buffet, complete with German pretzel, goulash soup and spaetzle. Diana Pearl,, "We Tried It: Attending the Ultra-Glam, Debutante Viennese Opera Ball," 9 Feb. 2018 Cook’s notes: To make spaetzle, lightly beat 1 egg in a medium bowl. Susan Selasky, sacbee, "Heed the warming, cooks | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Jan. 2018 Another pressing issue: Was quark spaetzle with braised rabbit still on the menu? Pete Wells, New York Times, "Schnitzel and Strudel and Other Favorite Things, at Wallsé," 19 Dec. 2017

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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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