Spaetzle Baked with Ham and Gruy&ecaute;re

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Source: Cooking Light, April 2004
CL Comments: These dumplings help to make a satisfying main-dish casserole.
Comments from a PA Kitchen: Loved this. I hate the smell of gruyere when it's cooking, but it tasted delicious. I've never had or made homemade spaetzle before (just the boil-in-bag stuff) and they were so good! Creamy, cheesy, yummy when baked. Comfort-foody. I will make again for sure.

INGREDIENTS:

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
4 large eggs, divided
2 quarts water
Cooking spray
1 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup finely diced ham (about 4 ounces)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyére cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Sift together 1 2/3 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking powder. Combine 3/4 cup milk and 2 eggs, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a whisk until combined. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Hold a colander with large holes (about 1/4-inch in diameter) over boiling water; spoon about 1/2 cup dough into colander. Press the dough through holes with a rubber spatula (droplets will form spaetzle); set colander aside. Cook 3 minutes or until done (spaetzle will rise to surface). Remove with a slotted spoon; drain in a strainer (spaetzle will stick to a paper towel). Repeat procedure with remaining dough.
  4. Heat a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in ham. Combine spaetzle and onion mixture in a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray, tossing gently.
  5. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups milk, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons flour, and pepper, stirring with a whisk. Pour milk mixture over spaetzle mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Healthy Units: 7 per serving
CALORIES 310 (28% from fat); FAT 9.6g (satfat 4.4g, monofat 2.9g, polyfat 0.9g); PROTEIN 18.8g; CARBOHYDRATE 35.7g; FIBER 1.5g; CHOLESTEROL 165mg; IRON 2.4mg; SODIUM 786mg; CALCIUM 288mg;

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