The Destroyer loves anything messy and sticky spaetzle dough is no exception! Though since the dough is so thick and unmanageable for a 2 year old, he came and went rather quickly.
The dough will be thick and sticky. If you think it looks like wallpaper paste – you’re all set!
This is a spaetzle machine I bought in Germany. Mine has slit and comma holes on the bottom and therefore, my noodles tend to look more like fettucine/regular noodles. My parents’ machine has holes and their spaetzle look much more homemade and authentic. You can purchase a spaetzle machine here. Amazon also has these other spaetzle maker impostors. They look like graters with a contraption on the top. While I have never used one of those, they just look way too complicated and messy. Run. Get the push machine. If you don’t want to splurge on the real German spaetzle machine, you can use a potato ricer like this one. (Sidenote: My aunt in Germany laughs at these machines. She makes spaetzle by hand which basically entails slapping the dough on a wooden board that is slanted on the end and using this plastic tool that looks like a squeegee to scrape the spaetzle into the boiling water. She is hardcore!)
Here are my spaetzle cooking. I haven’t made them in a while and I was a little nervous. My dad even called me while I was making them to “make sure I was doing ok”. WTF? It is water, flour and eggs. How much could go wrong? Oh….Um…yeah. I forgot. We are talking about me. Anyway – CheezWaster christened them as tasting just like Opa’s. A sure sign that I did good! And my dad even ate them the next day saying they were good (but that they needed more salt – in my opinion, they didn’t, but he is the pro).