Zurcher Geschnetzeltes with Spaetzle (pork and noodles!)

A few years ago we had the pleasure of going to a wedding in Southern Germany. It was the best wedding we have attended, set in a beautiful church in a German village with a reception in a castle in the Black Forrest surrounded by vineyards. Complete with amazing food, great company and dancing into the wee hours of the morning. The night before we ate in a little country pub and I had a pork and noodle dish I have been craving it ever since!

 I found the German noodles - spaetzle in World Market the other day got to work! @Latvianchef on twitter tweeted this recipe to me, she is a Brit living in the US who also lived in Germany, I keep trying to get her to start a blog! - http://www.germanworldonline.com/index.php/recipe_zurichragou/

So here is my version, it was wonderful:


  • 2-3 large pork chops thinly sliced
  • one onion sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoon of creme fraiche
  • one cup of beef or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • a little fresh lemon juice
  • olive oil or butter for cooking
  • enough flour to coat pork 
  • one pack of mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • one small leek thinly sliced

  1. heat some olive oil and saute the pork coated in flour for 5 minutes then put to one side
  2. then heat some more oil or butter add the onion, shallot, garlic, mushrooms and leek and saute for 5 minutes
  3. add the pork back into the pan with beef or chicken broth stirring all the while, add the white wine and salt and pepper simmer for 10-15 minutes allowing sauce to reduce
  4. then add fresh chopped parsley and lemon zest and creme fraiche or fresh cream simmer for another 10 minutes 
  5. serve with German egg noodles (I added peas to the noodles as wanted a veggie in there!)


This was my first German/ Swiss meal has anyone else got any recipes to share would love to learn more, or know or any German food bloggers!

Heres a snap I found from the Germany trip in 2005!, after the wedding my parents flew from Scotland to meet us for the weekend, we also had hubby's parents with us we flew them over from India and drove them all over Southern Germany he he they were so tired trying to keep up with us. Wow time fly's I am now a Mum, next time we visit will be with Jasmine!

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  1. Looks fantastic! Good call on where to get the noodles. Not from Germany, but going to be posting a goulasch recipe soon. Glad to hear more folks interested in German food - it's fantastic!

  2. Rebecca, You have had so many great travel experiences. My husband is half German and although it wasn't in Germany, we went to an authentic German restaurant in the touristy little fake German town of Helen, GA and sampled some truly outstanding German fare such as this dish. We gained about 5 pounds each from the delicious German food. Thanks for sharing a perfect recipe reflecting that culture! Just love it!

  3. Thanks for the recipe to share your beautiful memory with us all! I can make a world journey anytime through your blog :)

  4. the last photo is beautiful! this pork and noodles sound comfort and good.

  5. am still trying to read the name of the dish :D, dish looks great though

  6. It does look delicious plus I love pork...

  7. I just saw the noodles being made on a cooking show..looks delicious!

  8. I like Spaetzle! The whole dish looks so GERMAN!
    Thanks, Rebecca, for sharing the recipe and the beautiful memories. The picture of you and your parents looks so sweet.

  9. A very comforting, delicious-looking dish and a beautiful picture :D

  10. Que noddles más fantasticos. Me gusta mucho el plato. Saludos

  11. Great blog! I also love German/ Swiss food. I have a few other recipes my son brought back from his traiing in Switzerland. Sounds like a wonderful wedding.
    Thank you for your visit.

  12. This looks delicious! I am interested in German food because my Mum's heritage is German, so I love reading about dishes like this.

  13. You get to go to the best places! Amazing. This dish looks great, we love German food! Great shot of you and your p's too!

  14. This looks and sounds awesome. I know my husband would like this. And we have a couple World Markets nearby so finding those noodles shouldn't be a problem! I am adding this to my list of things to cook in the near future, this seems great for the cooler weather!

  15. German pork and noodles - it doesn't get any better than that.

  16. Rebecca, I love spaetzle and this recipe looks absolutely delicious!

    If we end up getting together next month, remind me to bring along my German cookbook. It was given to me by my German grandmother and is an amazing resource for authentic German recipes!

  17. I was just at Cost Plus buying plates for Project Food Blog. Now I have to go back for pasta. Thanks!

  18. I like the look of your spaetzle dish! I wonder if it would lose a lot of flavor without the mushrooms? (food allergy)

    If you're looking for a German food blogger, check out Meeta at http://www.whatsforlunchhoney.net/. All her food isn't traditional but some of it is. She's fun either way.

    Thanks for the suggestion to check with OM Indian about the orange blossom water. I checked several places and Fresh Market is apparently the only place in town that carries it, if you ever need it.

  19. I never really felt an affinity for German food until I got to culinary school and got to try more of it. I actually got to make spaetzle from scratch once, and it was really a lot of fun! To make AND to eat :) Great job, Rebecca!

  20. If there's any one food that I haven't made or eaten that much of, it's German. But you make it look so damn good!

  21. Noodles look inviting. Enjoyed that wedding scene by my imagination... Sounds like Hallmark card to me:)
    Your other blog on oranges is also very cute....going through each and everything there. Pleasant one dear!

  22. I absolutely LOVE spaetzle.. my grandmother is Swiss so we always used to have it along side a pork dish whenever we visited! Great recipe!

  23. I've always wanted to try spaetzle. It's really cool how it's made, too.

  24. Belinda thanks so much will look forward to your Goulash recipe
    Bella oh thats cool sounds like a fun place to eat
    the lacquer spoon oh thanks LOL rebecca
    Sonia thanks
    Peanutts I thought it would be fun to write in German he he
    3 hungry tummies maybe one day I will have the guts to make them!
    Angie oh thats cool you think it looks good and u live there
    Mary thanks
    Sushma thanks so much
    Jose thanks
    wen thanks
    Rita oh my pleasure will learn from u lol
    Cakelaw thats cool
    design wine and dine I know we are very lucky folks
    Emily z oh for sure great for this time of year
    Sam he he I agree and so happy I can make it
    Julie its next week will message u
    CG foodie he he will be good for food buzz challenge
    Tabitha thanks for the link and got the love Fresh Market smiles
    Victoria oh I bet that was fun
    Joanne oh you will love it
    Viki thanks so much very kind of u helping out a cirrus grower
    Evan thanks so much

  25. Your Germany trip and that wedding sound wonderful. I would love to see Germany. Your German noodle dish sounds quite tasty too:)

  26. Isn't it great when you can have a meal at home that brings good memories rushing back? That dish looks fabulous. We have a German restaurant near us, and we always enjoy the food.

  27. pork really goes so well with spaetzle, and good spaetzle is a thing of beauty. I think finding a good brand is essential, I 'm glad you found some!

  28. What a lovely post and marvelous looking noodles! German food is tremendously comforting!

  29. Raina thanks
    City share oh food and good memories go hand in hand thanks for stopping by
    Chef Dennis so true these were made in Germany a good sign lol
    spicy perspective oh so true

  30. I have a spaetzle recipe I am dying to try-- I need to take the plunge! I ate myself silly when we were in Germany last year because of the fabulous food at the Christmas markets!! Pork, mustard, sauerkraut... I love it all! Love the family picture!

  31. the foundhound oh the christmas markets must have been so much fun

  32. German tops my list of favorite cuisine. We can't get enough of the sausages we have while traveling there. This dish looks so good! I've been wanting to try making spaetzle, but just haven't done it yet.


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