Friday, February 10, 2012

German Night Again – Pork, Spaetzle, Green Spargel

We’ve wanted to try making spaetzle and we had a bunch of pork loin roasts in the freezer that need to be used, so we found a couple of good sounding recipes and decided go German.  The menu was pan fried pork chops with cream gravy, spaetzle, and steamed asparagus (as close as we could get to spargel – white asparagus).

We like the cooking of Tyler Florence so we used his recipe for the chops.

Smothered Pork Chops – Tyler Florence


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 pork chops, 3/4-inch thick, bone-in
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup buttermilk
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish


Put the flour in a shallow platter and add the onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels to remove any moisture and then dredge them in the seasoned flour; shaking off the excess.

Heat a large saute pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat and coat with the oil. When the oil is nice and hot, lay the pork chops in the pan in a single layer and fry for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove the pork chops from the pan and add  the onions and cook until golden brown. Add a little sprinkle of seasoned flour to the pan drippings. Mix the flour into the fat to dissolve and then pour in the chicken broth in. Let the liquid cook down for 5 minutes to reduce and thicken slightly. Stir in the buttermilk to make a creamy gravy and return the pork chops to the pan, covering them with the sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes until the pork is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.  I cooked them to 145* internal temp.

We decided on this recipe for the spaetzle and since Bev just bought a chunk of Gruyere, we went with the cheese part as well but used our pork gravy rather than the sautéed onion. 

Spaetzle - courtesy of Roland Radler, owner of Brats Brothers in Sherman Oaks, CA. 

Ingredients - adapted

1½ cups all-purpose flower
¾ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs
3/8 cup 2 percent milk
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
¾ tsp Onion powder (added by us)
¾ tsp Garlic powder (added by us)

Directions - adapted

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Sift the flour and salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Alternately mix the milk mixture into the flour until a smooth dough is formed – more like a thick pancake batter.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat and add 3 T butter.  Press batter thorough a spaetzle maker (we used a colander) into the water. When the spaetzle float to the top of the water, remove them with a slotted spoon to an oven safe dish. After first layer of spaetzle, add a layer of Swiss cheese. Continue layering until all of the spaetzle and cheese have been used.

Our spaetzle maker was a colander over a pan of water.

Bake the spaetzle until the cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.

We steamed the asparagus, topped it with grated Gruyere, and popped it in the warm oven for a few minutes.

My plate.

This was as good a pork chop as I've ever eaten and the other diners agreed.  This is surely a keeper but the gravy recipe didn't make quite enough for both the meat and a side dish.  I liked the spaetzle but didn't get it quite right because, without thinking, I used self-rising flour which made it too light.  The colander seemed to work fine for cooking as did cooking it in three batches.

After practicing on the spaetzle another time, I'd gladly serve this to company.

All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.  This was as good a pork chop as I've ever eaten and the other diners agreed.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


1/31/2012 meal date


  1. I made spaetzle once.. it's not an easy thing to do - seems like yours turned out almost perfect though! And we always learn a little after the first time we make something, don't we? Everything on the plate looks fantastic!

  2. I'm with you about Tyler Florence, his recipes always look good. This pork chop and gravy sounds great. I've never even began to think about making spaetzle...ever. I'm impressed!

  3. I don't know Larry, that looks pretty company worthy to me! I'll have my plate now, yes please!!

  4. What a feast. It really sounds like a delicious meal. The spaetzle is a triumph. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  5. Looks fabulous... What time is dinner???? I'll be there... ha ha

    Have a nice weekend and stay WARM. Gonna get horribly cold....

  6. Looks like a great dinner. I've had spaetzel with green beans before, but never on its own!

  7. Larry, Watch me drooling! What a beautiful meal...really gets the tastebuds going. What's not to like about this great dinner and presentation too... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  8. Man it's a wonder if you don't have drop in visitors at your house around dinner time every single day of the week! All of your recipes just look so yummy!

  9. Fantastic looking dinner, Larry. The creamy chops, asparagus and spaetzle all work for me. Think I would need a nap for a little while after eating it all, but definitely works for me!

  10. WOW! right up my alley. Looks amazing and the cheese Spaetzle what a great twist on an old German comfort food. Mark

  11. I do love the pork chop recipe. Will try that. I have a much easier and less complicated spaetzle recipe if you would like to have a look.



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