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

Examples of spaetzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "A Ramen Diner From a Master in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn," 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, "Global ‘Buy Nothing Project’ catching on locally: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 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, "Dispatch From the Land of Flight Shaming, or How I Became a Train Boaster," 18 Dec. 2019 My dining companion loves her stroganoff, the brown sauce tart and creamy, the spaetzle just right. Diana Spechler, Washington Post, "For 115 years, one restaurant has fed the elite in Berlin and now Madrid. Nazis included.," 17 Dec. 2019 Signatures include crab with spaetzle and mixed meats and seafood served on a live-charcoal Konro grill. Michael Mayo,, "Shipshape dining: Seven restaurant picks for Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show," 1 Oct. 2019 The dinner buffet is 4-7 p.m., with schnitzel and spaetzle stations replacing breakfast items ($34.95, or $10.95 for children). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area restaurants open on Thanksgiving: 2019 edition," 31 Oct. 2019 What to eat: Venture across and bring takeout back to the taproom from the Urban German Wursthaus, picking your favorite wurst sausage, schnitzel or spaetzle. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Occidental’s bet on German styles pays off as lagers surge: Portland Breweries Series," 16 Oct. 2019 Between now and late October, drinkers can sip golden-yellow lager, dance to oompah bands and load their plates with brats and spaetzle at multiple parties from Fort Lauderdale to Lake Worth to Hollywood. Phillip Valys,, "Prost! Top South Florida Oktoberfest parties for beer, bratwursts and German dancing," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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“Spaetzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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