Definition of spaetzle in English:

spaetzle

(also spätzle)

Pronunciation: /ˈʃpɛts(ə)l//ˈʃpɛtslə/

plural noun

  • [treated as singular or plural] Small dumplings of a type made in southern Germany and Alsace, consisting of seasoned dough poached in boiling water.

    • ‘Divide bacon and spaetzle mixture among plates and top each portion with two pieces pork belly.’
    • ‘Most entrées come with the increasingly trendy, notoriously belly-busting egg pasta called spaetzle.’
    • ‘Danny had the Grilled Quail with chive spaetzle and lentils and that had more flavor, but not a ton of meat.’
    • ‘Thursday night dinners are $115 affairs with such courses as roasted chestnut soup, elk scaloppini or leek spaetzle.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a skillet, and add boiled spaetzle.’

Origin

From German dialect Spätzle, literally little sparrows.

Pronunciation:

spaetzle

/ˈʃpɛts(ə)l//ˈʃpɛtslə/