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Käsespätzle

Macaroni & cheese - Austrian style This hearty dish is served in Austria's alpine huts and tastes especially good after a walk in crisp mountain air.

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Ingredients (serves 2):
9 oz (250g) flour
5 eggs + 1 egg yolk
a good pinch of salt
2-3 tbsp water (if necessary)
2 tbsp butter
5 - 7 oz (150-200g) cheese, grated (Emmenthaler, Gruyere etc....)

To prepare the onions:
3 oz (75g) butter
2 mid-sized onions cut in rings

How to make it:
Start with combining flour, eggs and a good-sized pinch of salt. Blend well and add, if necessary, water spoon by spoon. The dough should not be runny, but soft enough to gradually follow gravitation. Then set aside and allow the dough to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile heat the butter in a frying pan over low to medium heat, add onions, and let them slowly gain a golden brown color. Don’t let them get too dark, as they tend to become bitter. Drain on a paper towel and then set aside.

Bring a large pot of water briefly to a boil, add a pinch of salt and then reduce heat. The water should simmer throughout the whole process. You can either, cut and shape the spaetzle by hand or which makes things easier - use a spaetzle maker or a colander. Cook spaetzle for about 2-3 minutes until they float back to the surface then remove them.

When done, drain the water, melt 1-2 tbsp of butter and return spaetzle to the pot. Shake the pot a few times to evenly distribute the butter, then add the grated cheese and mix well.

Now simply add the browned onions and chopped chives on top and serve.