[ shpet-sluh, -suh l, -slee ]
/ ˈʃpɛt slə, -səl, -sli /


a dish consisting of lumps or threads made from a batter of flour, milk, eggs, and salt, usually poured through a coarse colander into boiling water, and then either drained and mixed in butter, lightly pan-fried, or added to sauces, stews, etc.

Origin of spaetzle

< German (dial.) Spätzle, diminutive of Spatz dumpling, sparrow, Middle High German, derivative of spar sparrow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020