A Spaetzle Time of Year

Spaetzle & Schnitzel with Sauerrahm Sauce:

Autumn is truly a special time of the year, especially here in New England. However, one of my fondest memories as a teenager was having lunch at the German restaurant where my sister worked. Dunderbak’s in Tampa Florida is one of those institutional haunts that is both timeless and present at the same time. Aside from the infamous pastrami sandwiches, cheeses and aging sausages hanging from the ceiling, and my sister sneaking me niblets of the finer selections, it was an inspirational source for European cuisine for a young closet foodie. German food in particular is simple on the surface, and complex at its core, while delivering true comfort. I had tried making spaetzle once before after V got me a spaetzle maker, but with mediocre results. This time however, something deep inside me conjured up a contemporary version of huhn (chicken) schnitzel with homemade spaetzle and a sour cream sauce that nailed it on all fronts. The problem with cooking like this is there is never enough room for thirds.

SECRET INGREDIENT: Blanched fresh spinach added to spaetzle

Spaetzle & Schnitzel with Sauerrahm Sauce


  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • Salt & fresh pepper
  • Nutmeg


  • Chicken cutlets
  • Salt & fresh pepper
  • Flour (for dredging)
  • Eggs
  • Panko
  • Cayenne
  • Thyme

Sauerrahm Sauce

  • (same pan after making schnitzel)
  • Beurre manie
  • Grüner Veltliner or Riesling
  • Chicken stock
  • Sour Cream
  • Thyme

-- Weather When Posted --

  • Temperature: 42°F;
  • Humidity: 36%;
  • Heat Index: 42°F;
  • Wind Chill: 34°F;
  • Pressure: 29.65 in.;

2 thoughts on “A Spaetzle Time of Year

  1. Your secret ingredient here is the nutmeg. It leaves you with that subtle taste that’s hard to pin down, but without it, it’s slightly bland. The cream blends it into the background.

    And by the way, this looks YUMMY!

  2. Agreed, and nutmeg is common in most Spaetzle dishes. However, the spinach here made it special and unique, and because V said “let’s make it green.”

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