Spaetzle is about the most fun you can have with bowl of flour and water, a colander, and a pot of boiling water. It's messy, but highly entertaining (and with tasty results!). If you're ready to step up your spaetzle game, however, consider a special spaetzle maker
There are three main styles of spaetzle makers out there. One resembles a shallow colander that fits over the pasta pot (above, top). The spaetzle batter poured in and then pushed out through the holes with a scraper.
Another version looks more like a cheese grater with a hopper attached on one side (above, middle). You fill the hopper with batter and then slide it back and forth over the holes to create the dumplings.
The final kind of spaetzle maker is similar in form and function to a potato ricer (below). After filling the hopper, the spaetzle batter is pressed through the holes. This kind of spaetzle maker tends to make long skinny noodles instead of the more knobby dumplings made by the other two.
All these makers simplify the task of making spaetzle. Go with the one that feels most comfortable to you:
• Kuchenprofi Spaetzle Lid and Scraper, $23 from Amazon (Colander-Style)
• Stainless Steel Spaetzle Maker, $24.95 from Sur la Table (Sliding-Style)
• Potato and Spaetzle Press, $39.99 from Target (Ricer-style)
What kind of spaetzle maker do you recommend?
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