A traditional recipe from Bavaria and Baden-Wurtemberg, totally vegetarian, do always serve together with a salad in a sour dressing e.g. simple oil & vinegar-dressing!
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings):
- 3 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 onions, halved and sliced
- 3 cups shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
In a large bowl, combine eggs, flour, salt, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/2 cup water. Mix until smooth, then let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion slices until golden brown; set aside. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place 1/3 of the dough into a spaetzle maker or coarse sieve or collander with holes about 4 millimeters in diameter. Let dough drop into boiling water. Boil until spaetzle rises to the top, then transfer to a 9 inch casserole dish with a slotted spoon. Cover with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining spaetzle and cheese. Spoon fried onions over top.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until cheese is thoroughly melted. Before serving, sprinkle with 1 or 2 tablespoons vinegar, and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
A salad (lettuce, cucumber or tomato) with a sour dressing adds a lot of flavor to this dish, so always serve with a salad!
Recommended types of cheeses are Emmentaler or matured Gouda.