We love Spaeztle around here. It is quick and easy, especially if you have a spaeztle maker. Mine is an old one that was given to me by a German friend. I recommend one of the sturdy German models if you are planning on purchasing one.
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For Spaeztle you will need:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2-3/4 cup hot water
A saucepan with boiling water
Mix the flour, eggs, and salt together. Slowly add the hot water until it becomes a heavy sticky dough.
Squeeze through the spaetzle maker in batches into boiling water. When the spaetzle float to the top scoop them out with the strainer, being sure to drain them well.
If I am going to serve this with Beef Stroganoff I place them immediately into a covered casserole as each batch comes out of the boiling water.
Add a little spice to this dish. To the flour, eggs and salt add 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and a dash of pepper.
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I miss the wild asparagus growing along the roadsides in Colorado. What a treat it was in the spring to stop and pick it fresh and tender. Here in Texas I have to rely on the grocer. It was on sale last week and I couldn't resist.
My mom used to serve asparagus that came in a can. I hated it, and my parents were hard pressed to get me to eat it. I will be forever grateful to the mom of a friend who introduced me to fresh asparagus when I was invited to dinner one day.
I finished off our last bit of our fresh asparagus from the store last night at dinner. My favorite way to prepare it is quick, simple, and tasty. I did not get a photo of the finished product, just one of my last bunch...for now. Hope you enjoy!
1 bunch asparagus spears
1 Tablespoon olive oil
¼ tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese (this measurement is not for the stuff that comes in a can)
1. Place the asparagus in a large Ziploc bag along with the olive oil and manipulate the bag until the spears are coated with oil.
(Note: to be sure you only use the tender part of the spear, grasp the bottom end in your hand and slowly bend the spear with your other hand until it snaps.)
2. Remove asparagus from bag and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
3. Combine the garlic, salt and pepper. Sprinkle onto asparagus.
4. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on asparagus spears.
5. Bake in 400F oven for 10-15 minutes.
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