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Like spaetzle and can’t find a good German or Bavarian restaurant around? This recipe is easy and is one of our favorites. We’ll make it instead of potatoes with chicken or anytime we get a taste for it. Using a spaetzle maker to drop the dough into the water is best, but you can use a colander which has larger holes, so that the dough can be pressed through and into the water.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter (unsalted if you have it)
2 tablespoons dried or minced fresh chives (optional) to garnish

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. In another mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg-milk mixture. Gradually mix together and combine well. The dough should be smooth and thick. Set dough aside to rest for about 15 minutes.

Bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot, then reduce to a simmer. To form the spaetzle, hold a spaetzle maker over the simmering water. Push the dough through the holes as the spaetzle maker instructions show or use a larger-hole colander and push the dough through the holes with a spatula or spoon. Do this in batches so you don’t crowd the pot. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the spaetzle floats to the surface, stirring gently to prevent sticking. Dump the spaetzle into a colander and give it a quick rinse with cool water.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the spaetzle; tossing to coat. Cook the spaetzle for 1 to 2 minutes to give the noodles some color, and then sprinkle with the chopped chives and season with salt and pepper before serving.