spaetzle

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

Definition of spaetzle

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

Examples of spaetzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Logan Square spot serves sausages, schnitzel and housemade spaetzle as specials and will tap Oktoberfest beers from local breweries including Solemn Oath Brewery’s Oktöberface and Pollyanna Brewing’s Fruhauf. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 There are plenty of vegetarian options, too, including an authentic German spaetzle. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2022 Popular dishes include wiener schnitzel, a German combination platter featuring duck, beef rouladen, red cabbage and spaetzle. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2021 Shakshuka and a frittata for breakfast or brunch, roast chicken with spaetzle, bo ssam-style pork shoulder and Southern fried chicken are some of his wide-ranging offerings. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 The luncheon will include a menu of chicken paprikash with spaetzles and green beans, Legacy salad, rolls and butter, beverage, and cookies and brownies for dessert. cleveland, 8 Feb. 2020 An on-time arrival in Hamburg after dark left just enough time for some spaetzle and schnitzel before falling into bed at a stuffy hotel next to the station. New York Times, 18 Dec. 2019 My dining companion loves her stroganoff, the brown sauce tart and creamy, the spaetzle just right. Diana Spechler, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2019 Signatures include crab with spaetzle and mixed meats and seafood served on a live-charcoal Konro grill. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 Sep 2022

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“Spaetzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spaetzle. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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