ffwD (a few days late!): Herb-Speckled Spaetzle


I was a bit weary about this week’s assignment for a few of reasons. First, I didn’t know what spaetzle was, so how was I going to know whether I was making it correctly. Second, I don’t have a spaetzle maker, and seeing as I’ve lived this long without one, I’m not going to buy one now. Third, I’m trying to incorporate more vegan-friendly ingredients into my diet, so the use of eggs and milk in the batter didn’t help. But, my mother left a dozen eggs and a half gallon of milk behind from Christmas, and I’d hate to see them go to waste. Can you see my hesitation here?

But, in the spirit and excitement of the new year, I still wanted to try the recipe, if only because it gave me an excuse to buy more herbs. I ended up purchasing a “chicken seasoning combo” from Mariano’s that consisted of fresh thyme, sage, and rosemary. I also went literal with the boiling process and used a slotted spoon to sieve the dough into the boiling water. After looking at other Doristas’ photos, I’m thinking that I should have used a spoon with circular holes instead. And, that I should have stuck with white button mushrooms because the portobellos I used made the spaetzle look much darker than everyone else’s. Then again, who really cares because the dish ended up tasting pretty good!

I found this dish to be hearty (probably because of the whole wheat flour I used in the dough) and earthy (because of the portobellos). However, I probably won’t be making it again anytime soon because of my vegan-leaning diet, but I can see myself offering it to others. This herb-speckled spaetzle was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. markd60
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 13:58:37

    And (you failed to mention) it looks healthy!

  2. Mary
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 14:04:13

    Not being vegan I can fully embrace the heartiness of this dish – just looking at the photo makes me hungry!
    Mary x

  3. Beth
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 14:06:07

    Despite your hesitations, I think it looks delicious!

  4. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 14:32:55

    This is a new but intriguing recipe 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. JulianaJuliana
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 14:50:19

    This dish looks delicious…like the combination of chicken and mushrooms…
    Happy 2013 and have a great week ahead!

  6. Norma Chang
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 15:32:42

    Agree with Beth.

  7. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 15:41:25

    haray for rosemary! I have a big old tree of it since we didnt get a real christmas tree 🙂

  8. hotlyspiced
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 15:43:23

    I’ve never made spaetzle before either. I think I would love this because I love mushrooms xx

  9. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 15:52:21

    I love bspaetzles but have never made them. You did a good job!

  10. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 15:53:02

    Oops sorry that should say spaetzles;)

  11. loavesandstitches
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 15:56:16

    That looks wonderful! I am glad you chose to make it.

  12. kitchen therapy
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 16:25:01

    I haven’t made any of the dishes for a month! And I was too scared scared to come back on this one! I have no idea what it is but it looks pretty tasty!

  13. TrafficDiva
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 16:57:47

    Don’t know what spaetzles are either..a german dish if I’m not mistaken..but it looks good..I’d TOTALLY hoss it down! LOL! WINNNING!!!

  14. Baking is my Zen
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 17:05:37

    This is interesting! Looks good too.


  15. Natalie
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 17:25:17

    I had spaetzle in Germany and it was delicious! This one looks very good!

  16. bakeawaywithme.com
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 18:41:42

    Looks perfectly delicious!! Glad you got it done!

  17. Alice
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 19:08:43

    I had issues sieving it as well… wound up with just blobs but they were tasty blobs! I’m posting about mine this coming Friday! Yay for catch-up posts!!

  18. saffronandhoney
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 19:33:28

    This looks delicious! I actually quite like the portobello in this.

  19. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 19:33:51

    You did a lovely job on the Spitzle:). It looks yummy.

  20. Melolimparfaite
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 19:39:37

    oh it’s been such a long time that I haven’t eat any Spaetzle !
    You did a great job 😉

  21. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 20:04:00

    I loved this on our trip to Germany. Although, it never looked this good.

  22. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 20:07:08

    Also, we didn’t post our yearly stats, but I’ve been meaning to tell you you were our top commenter by far. Thanks for stopping by so often. It’s always fun to come here too! And it’s fun to have someone who knows a bit about Arkansas. Our readers are from all over, so that’s cool to see.

  23. Beverly Winchester
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 21:09:51

    Oh, goodness- those portobellos in there look wonderful! A slotted spoon, huh? I went from a ricer to a grater to hand worked blobs!!

  24. Cher
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 21:22:38

    These were a very pleasant surprise.
    Yours look really good – I love the color that the whole wheat flower adds.

  25. Three Well Beings
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 23:28:14

    I’ve had Spaetzle but never made it! This recipe looks and sounds just great. I love portobellos so no matter the color! Go for the gusto! 🙂

  26. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 00:23:09

    I think you did a great job. I personally have never tried Spaetzle but yours look really good

  27. anita menon
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 00:32:35

    Very interesting. Never heard of Spaetzle before. Looks like comfort food to me.

  28. francesca
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 04:34:54

    I usually eat spaetzle in mountain and I consider this a delicious comfort food.
    It seems really well done!!!

  29. Sara
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 06:54:15

    I don’t lean toward vegan myself, but I do like to have the occasional vegetarian dish, and this does seem to fit that bill quite nicely! The portobellos would certainly add a nice heartiness to the dish; I bet even my meat-addicted husband would like that! I think it looks like a lovely meal!

  30. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 08:39:17

    I’ve never tried it, but I must say, looks amazing. I love this kind of meals 🙂

  31. Amelia
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 09:06:43

    Hi, interesting recipe and it look appetizing.

    Have a nice week ahead.

  32. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 09:14:04

    I love spaetzles and may have to try them some time. Sounds like a project for a less busy time though with the comments about sieving challenges… I should probably look into joining the Dorie group–so many of the recipes look wonderful.

  33. Jenn and Seth
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 09:30:17

    i love spaetzle, this sounds like a delicious version!

  34. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 12:09:19

    I’ve never heard of spaetzle before but it sounds delish!

  35. Mary Hirsch
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 21:44:43

    Your whole-wheat experiment looks delicious.

  36. Scrambled Megs
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 22:30:58

    i am thick into mushrooms. i like the name of the dish too hehe x

  37. eatinglikeahorse
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 00:40:22

    I’d never heard of spaetzle but would try it just for the name! It looks fab though and anything with mushrooms and herbs is a winner in my book!

  38. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 04:06:33

    I’ve never made this before but I would have no hesitation whatsoever. I love spaetzle. 🙂

  39. kitchen flavours
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 04:45:40

    This is new to me! Never heard of Spaetzle before! It sounds like the name of a fizzy drink! I don’t mind trying this if served to me!

  40. Katerina
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 10:37:59

    I love it and especially the portobellos! Despite everything I believe it is a delicious dish!

  41. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 14:45:59

    I’ve never made spaetzle either and am now intrigued by the portobello addition.

  42. Karen
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 14:55:14

    I usually have spaetzle at least once when we are in Germany and Austria. I think your version would be very good.

  43. Daniela
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 16:11:46

    In Austria we prepare Spaetzle quite often and yours look delicious with all the herbs and the portobellos!
    Must be very tasty 🙂

  44. kathleen
    Jan 10, 2013 @ 14:41:15

    Well, your spaetzle makes the others pale by comparison is a line that sums up your bronze color! I am going to ask my mostly German neighbor friend to cook this one up for the blog while I play with the apples. Can’t wait to taste it….

  45. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 20:21:40

    We’ve never made spaetzle either but it sure looks and sounds interesting!

  46. Zen and Genki
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 08:42:08

    Insert stomach gurgling here 🙂

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