Käs Spätzle / Knöpfle or Cheese Noodles:
Last weekend we prepared a Käs Spätzle with some friends. What a feast.
It is a dish best eaten after hard work or a long hike and cold weather outside. We had cold weather but the activities were not too demanding. However preparing this dish and getting the best ingredients is an art form and best done with a lot of friends.
First of all you have to find good eggs – best from a local farmer with a strong orange color.
Then there is a special spätzle flour, which is quite “rough”, so the spätzle have some “aldente” taste when you bite them.
Not to forget the right composition of the different cheese types.You need to get Emmentaler for the ability to create the typical long strings of cheese, then a Bergkäs (mountain cheese) for the medium/base flavor and last of it some Räschkäs which is a very strong tasting special cheese, hardly eaten alone. (all three of them are hard to find if you live not close to Austria or in the South of Germany, some use Gouda or Gratin Cheese with some available stinky cheese)
And last of it there is always the issue of how to create the Spätzle.
Probably the most used way is with the Spätzle Hobel, it is a device where you fill the dough in a “open box” and by moving it back and forth the dough will be pressed to the holes. They fall in the salted and boiling water and are picked out of it just after about 2-3 minutes – when the swim.
I have to mention another way of creating the schwabian way of Spätzle
done with just a wooden board. This video show it just perfectly but do not try to understand the Mom oder Granmom with her strong dialect ;-). See here for making Spätzle (not Knöpfle) with just a board
The Spätzle are then put into a casserole in the oven at about 150 Celsius to keep them warm each layer will be covered by lots of cheese. When you are finished lots of roasted onions with lots of melted butter will be put on top.
Do also not forget to have some good Schnaps/Spirit handy for to “help” you digest all this lightweight meal.
Drop me a note if you need further advice or instructions, Im we are pretty close to the perfect ones. (Says me)
The recipe for the Spätzle is quite simple take a lot of eggs and some flour, mix it together. Best is to only use little water to get the right dough (it has to form bubbles) so its about 2 eggs per 100g of flour I would say. Less is ok, then you add some water. Do not forget some salt. That´s it basically.