Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 and store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Finish with Step 5 just before serving.
Equipment: Squeeze bottle or pastry bag with a 1/4-inch hole in the tip or colander with 1/8-inch holes (see Tip)
Making homemade spaetzle (German-style egg noodles or little dumplings) doesn't require fancy equipment--you can use a colander. Working in batches, press the batter through a colander (with 1/8- to 1/4-inch holes) with a rubber spatula into a pot of simmering water. Or fill a squeeze bottle (with a 1/4-inch hole) with batter and squeeze it into the water in short, 1/2-inch “squirts.”
1 1/2 starch, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1 fat