Monday, January 10, 2011

Satisfying Spatzle Casserole With Swiss Cheese

I was inspired to make this classic German dish when I recently ran across the noodles in a specialty grocery store (ok, Aldi). This hearty casserole is good as a winter side dish to beef or poultry, or just served with a salad for lunch. We enjoyed it this week with corned beef brisket and red cabbage.  There are many versions of this side dish, here's mine: 
   
                                         The Perfect Take-Along Dish

Approximately 8 servings

Ingredients
  • One 17.6 oz. bag spatzle (Swabian egg noodles)
  • 1 TB plus 1 tsp. salt (divided)
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. nutmeg (divided)
  • 1/4 c. plus 2 TB butter (divided)
  • 2 c. chopped onions (frozen are fine)
  • 8 oz. shredded Swiss cheese (divided)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ.
  2. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil.  Add the noodles to the boiling water with a 1 TB of the salt.  Lightly boil for 12 minutes.  Drain in a colander.  
  3. Place the noodles in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with 1 tsp. of the salt, pepper and 1/4 tsp. of the nutmeg and gently toss.
  4. Melt 1/4 c. of the butter and add to the noodles.  Thoroughly, but gently, toss the butter with the noodles.
  5. Saute the onions in the remaining 2 TB of  butter until slightly brown and translucent.
  6. Gently mix the onions into the noodle mixture.
  7. Spray a 8" x 12" glass baking dish* with a butter-flavored cooking spray.  Spread one-half of the noodle mixture into the dish and sprinkle one-half of the cheese on top.
  8. Spread the remaining noodle mixture on top of the first layer and sprinkle the other half of the cheese on top of this.  Evenly sprinkle the remaining 1/8 tsp. of nutmeg on top of the cheese.
  9. Bake approximately 25 minutes or until hot.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!
*Tip:  If you want to make one-half a recipe, use a one or one & one-half qt. baking dish.  This casserole also freezes well; just thaw before cooking.  


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