It all Started with a restaurant…
I sincerely believe that this German side dish is one of the greatest that there is. The first time I ever had Spätzle was at a little German restaurant in French Lick, Indiana. I was skeptical at first…of both the spätzle and the restaurant. The restaurant was a small house that had been converted into a restaurant.
Inside, was a small dining area that definitely felt more like being in a home then in a restaurant. There was something sort of magical about that little restaurant. It almost felt like we’d been whisked back in time to Germany in the days of old. And the food was phenomenal!
The spatzle definitely did not disappoint. I liked it so much that it became inspiration to make my own spatzle recipe at home! And now this German side dish is a staple whenever I make German cuisine.
After much tweaking, I came up with this recipe for my very own käsespätzle! It’s cheesy and delicious with just a bit of spice. One thing I really like about this recipe is that it uses similar herbs and spices to my other German recipes. This gives them all a continuity of flavor if you’re enjoying them together. Erik and I went back to that little restaurant a year later when we were in town but it was no longer there. However, it will always be a fun memory and the inspiration for one of my favorite recipes!
The making of our Beloved German Side Dish
Spätzle noodles typically are not too hard to find in stores. But if you aren’t able to find them you can always order some. This is my favorite kind of spätzle to get. All you need to do is boil them for about 25 minutes. After they finish boiling, drain and set aside. Then melt the butter and saute the onions for about 5 minutes.
Season the onions with the dry mustard and cayenne pepper then return the spatzle to the pan. Stir well to flavor all the spatzle. Yummy buttery German dumplings! Nest stir in the cheese until it is melted and gooey. Then stir in the chopped fresh parsley.
Transfer to a bowl and serve! This German side dish pairs wonderfully with my recipes for German potato salad, Schnitzel, and Red Cabbage. I hope you enjoy! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!