Lemon, Ricotta, and Thyme Spaetzle*

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Lemon, Ricotta, and Thyme Spaetzle*
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Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  3. zest of half a lemon
  4. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  5. pinch salt
  6. pinch pepper
  7. 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  8. 1/3 - 1/2 cup water
  9. 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Not many people have heard of Spaetzle. In fact, I've never heard of it before I went to school and we made it there. I LOVED it! Its so delicate, delicious, and the flavor combinations are endless. I'm a huge fan of browned butter... it has this amazing nutty rich flavor that really compliments the lightness of the lemon thyme Spaetzle. First thing you want to do is heat up a pot of water over high heat until its boiling. In a bowl make the batter. Mix together the eggs, Ricotta cheese, lemon zest, fresh thyme, salt, and pepper until smooth. To the wet ingredients add the flour and stir until combined. Add 1/3 cup water and mix. You want the batter to be thin like pancake batter. If it doesn't look thin enough add the rest of the water and combine. If you have a spaetzle maker use that but if not use a colander! Every kitchen has one so you have no excuse to not make this. Put the colander over the boiling water.. making sure not to let the bottom of the colander touch the water. Ladle a scoop of the batter and put in the bottom of the colander. With a spatula work it through the holes. Once most of the batter has been pushed through take away the colander to expose the beautiful little spaetzles! If they're floating.. that means they're cooked and ready to go. They will take about 1 minute to cook which makes this an amazing side dish. Take a slotted ladle and transfer them to a bowl. Continue doing this until all the batter is cooked. While they are cooking put the 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium high heat. Let the butter cook and start to get brown. You want to make sure that you don't burn the butter! This will happen very fast and as soon as you see the butter start to brown turn off the heat. Once the butter is ready add the spaetzle and toss everything together to make sure that they are all coated with that buttery, nutty deliciousness. Add a little salt and pepper and you're ready to go! How easy is that??
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Lemon, Ricotta, and Thyme Spaetzle*

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7 Comments

  1. Darren Borch
    October 10, 2014 at 4:49 am

    this is a great recipe!

  2. reky
    rekyReply
    November 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    im surprised you havent blocked comments yet , bunch of degenerate stuff lol your home looks lovely by the way!

  3. LUKKA2020
    LUKKA2020Reply
    November 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Yummie! Yummie! I am hungry now………….

  4. dustyanderson1
    dustyanderson1Reply
    November 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Looks like it’s fun to make… will have to give it a try.

  5. masm60
    masm60Reply
    November 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    That looks awesome, thanks!

  6. DrunknShooter
    DrunknShooterReply
    November 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Looks good.

  7. BellaSC
    BellaSCReply
    November 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    This looks so good, the way you described the savory flavors I could imagine how yummy this would be on a cold night!

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