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Chestnut Spaetzle

This recipe for chestnut spaetzle is from chef Terrance Brennan of New York's Picholine restaurant.

  • Yield: Serves 4

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2008


  • Coarse salt
  • 7 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 cup chestnut flour, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Fill a 6-quart, heavy-bottomed pot with 12 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Set a spaetzle maker or a large-holed colander over water, so that it is about 3 inches from the surface of the water; adjust water amounts accordingly. Add 1 tablespoon salt to water and return to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and nutmeg until well combined. Whisk flours together and add to egg mixture; stir until smooth and slightly elastic, about 2 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes.

  3. Place half of the batter in the spaetzle maker or colander; press batter through the holes so that it falls into the batter in tear-drop shaped pieces. Let spaetzle cook until they rise to the surface, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, immediately transfer spaetzle to ice-water bath. Repeat process with remaining batter.

  4. Drain spaetzle from ice-water bath. Melt butter in a medium heavy-bottomed, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add spaetzle and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

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