Cornmeal Spaetzle

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

These bite-size dumplings are a time-honored German dish. We've updated the traditional batter with cornmeal, giving the spaetzle a great polenta-like texture.


  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup quick-cooking polenta or finely ground yellow cornmeal

  • 3 large eggs

  • ¾ cup whole milk

  • ¼ cup fromage blanc or pureed ricotta cheese

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Whisk together flour, polenta, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk together eggs, milk, and fromage blanc with a mixer on medium speed. Reduce speed to low; whisk in flour mixture. Raise speed to medium-high; whisk until thick and gooey, about 2 minutes.

  2. Working in batches and using a rubber spatula, gradually press batter through a large-holed colander into boiling water. Boil until spaetzle float to top, about 1 minute; scoop out using a fine sieve. Rinse under cold water; drain.

  3. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add spaetzle; season with salt and pepper. Brown, tossing often, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; toss in dill.

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