Soft and pillowy German Pumpkin Spaetzle with Gruyere Cheese dumplings may not be all that traditional, but they sure are tasty.
*Disclaimer - This recipe was originally published in 2015. I'm working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I'm sure you'll be well pleased with when you make it at home.
When the cooler months arrive, I tend to gravitate to German cuisine as my comfort food of choice. It just speaks to me, and I hope it speaks to you too.
Now that October is now only a memory (how did that happen so fast?), I'm still in an Oktoberfest mood, and I may well stay here until the end of winter. Don't say I didn't warn you. LOL
Pumpkin Spaetzle with Gruyere Cheese may look intimidating to make, but trust me when I tell you that it's as easy to make as mixing the simple batter ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon and boiling pasta. After all, that's what spaetzle is, German pasta.
Since I tend to make spaetzle often, I purchased a handy dandy spaetzle maker that you'll see in the photos. However, if you don't have one (and honestly they're almost more pain and mess than they're worth), you can use a standard kitchen colander with basically the same results. By making sure your batter is relatively loose, so it will easily funnel through the colander holes with a little help from a spatula, you're all set.
If you're wondering how a spaetzle maker works, you fill the hopper with the batter when the spaetzle maker is over the pot of boiling water. Then you slide the hopper back and forth as the dough funnels through the holes and drops into the boiling water. It's easy, but I always end up sliding the hopper too far off the side of the pot, and then I have spaetzle batter all down the outside side of my pot. You'd think I'd learn, but I haven't.
These little golden nuggets of pure deliciousness make a wonderful side dish for just about any meal, but they go especially well with German fare such as:
I don't know about you, but now I'm seriously hungry and ready to start cooking!
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