Punctuated Equilibrium (robing) wrote in vegancooking,
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spatzle

This recipe is from The Millenium Cookbook. Like the rest of their recipes, it involves multiple pieces to make the dish which is called Tempeh Sauerbrauten Style with Braised Red Cabbage and Apples and Spatzle. If you have several hours, go look up the recipe and make it; I'm sure it's probably great. I didn't have time, so here's what I made instead.

Spatzle
1 c unbleached all purpose white flour
1 c bread flour *
1 tsp egg replacer powder
1/2 tsp salt plus more for water
2/3 c warm water
2 tsp vegetable oil

Bring a pan of water to boil, adding oil and salt as needed. In bowl, combine flours, powder and 1/2 tsp salt.  Whisk in water a little at a time, beating vigorously. (I used my mixer.) This develops the gluten in the bread flour and makes the spatzle chewy. It may take a little while for the dough to come together.
I didn't have a spatzle maker handy, nor do I have a large-holed colander. If you have either, you can press the dough out through the holes and cut the strands when they are an inch or so long. I cut the noodles by hand on a board. I divided the dough into 3 sections, and rolled each into a kind of flattened log. Then I cut strips from the dough. You want them to be fairly long and thin. After cutting each section, place the strips in the boiling water and boil for 5 to 7 minutes. (They're a bit sticky and may clump together, so you might have to drop them in a few at a time.) They should float to the top. Skim out, remove to a bowl and do the next batch.

* Recipe called for 2 cups high gluten unbleached white flour. Having never seen such a thing, and knowing bread flour is higher in gluten, I subbed as above.

Saute:
I used about half an onion, chopped; a chopped bell pepper; and two carrots, sliced. Saute in oil until nicely browned. Add the boiled spatzle and saute them also. Be careful, they can stick! I also fried up a little Morningstar Farms fake bacon strips and sprinkled those over the top.
Feel free to use whatever vegetables you like. Green beans are a traditional add in, or so I am told.

Sorry, no pictures, we ate it all! Makes about 4 servings.
Tags: ethnic food-danish&german, pasta
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