Sunday, January 13

Cheesy

I love cheese. The stinkier the better. Swiss, Parmesan, Raclette, Asiago, Brie, Gouda, Blue, the list goes on and on. Tonight's dinner choice was all because of a craving for stinky cheese. The cheese of the evening was Gruyére. Yum!
I made Baked Spätzle with Ham and Gruyére- It turned out so yummy!

Spätzle is a German egg noodle that they serve with a lot of meals. They are pretty bland but when you dress them up with gravy or stinky cheese they are delicious! A couple of Christmases ago my mom bought me my own press so that I could make my own. Isn't it pretty? (I am aware of what a dork I am by the way.)

Anyway, moving on..... Here's the recipe just in case you're feeling like you need some stinky cheese in your life-
First you have to make the Spätzle. It can be made with a ricer or a colander if you don't have a press.
3 cups flour
4 eggs
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. salt

Stir flour, eggs, salt, and 2 cup of water. Beat until batter is smooth and no longer adheres to the spoon. Add water as needed. The Spätzle dough can be firm enough to be rolled and cut into slivers or soft enough to be forced through a sieve, colander or Spätzle maker with large holes.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. If you have a Spätzle press, press the dough through the press and into the boiling water. If you do not have a press, place dough on cutting board and roll out. Cut dough into tiny noodles. Add noodles to boiling water. They cook quickly and are done when they float back to the surface. As the noodles finish cooking, remove them with a slotted spoon. Do not place on paper towel as they will stick.
Spätzle Baked Ham with Gruyére
1 batch Spätzle
1large finely chopped onion
3 Cups finely diced ham
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
3 Cups milk
4 eggs
1 ½ cups shredded Gruyére cheese

Heat a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion, cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add ham and heat through. Combine Spätzle and onion and ham mixture in a 10X15 baking dish coated with cooking spray. (I mix some of the cheese into the ham/onion/spätzle mixture)

Combine salt, milk, eggs, flour, and pepper, stirring with a whisk. Pour milk mixture over Spätzle mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Enjoy!

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