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spaetzle

[shpet-sluh, -suh l, -slee] /ˈʃpɛt slə, -səl, -sli/
noun
1.
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
< German (dial.) Spätzle, diminutive of Spatz dumpling, sparrow, Middle High German, derivative of spar sparrow
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