Spätzle (Garlic Dumplings with Emmentaler)

See the RecipeAndré Baranowski

Spatzle means little sparrows in German.

Spätzle (Garlic Dumplings with Emmentaler)
These tiny egg-and-flour dumplings are the preferred comfort food in southwestern Germany.
Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 cup milk
  • 14 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 14 cup finely chopped basil leaves
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 14 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup grated emmentaler cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 450°. Halve garlic crosswise with a knife and brush with olive oil; wrap with foil. Roast until soft, 1 hour. Let cool and squeeze roasted garlic cloves from their skins into a bowl; mash with a fork to a paste.
  2. Melt 2 tbsp. of the butter and add to paste. Then add milk, parsley, basil, salt, and eggs; stir until smooth.
  3. Put flour into a large bowl; form a well in center. Slowly pour in the garlic–milk mixture, stirring with a fork to form a smooth batter.
  4. Bring a 5-qt. saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Set a perforated spätzle-making disk over the pot. Working in batches, scrape batter through holes into water. Cook until dumplings rise to surface, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer dumplings to a baking sheet.
  5. Heat remaining 4 tbsp. of butter in a 12" ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add dumplings; cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 6–8 minutes. Meanwhile, heat broiler; put rack 5" from heating element. Sprinkle dumplings with cheese; broil until melted, about 2 minutes.