Spaetzle, the small German dumplings, are made by dropping bits of egg dough directly into boiling water. There are several methods for making spaetzle, ranging from quickly cutting the dough off a wooden board with a knife to pushing it through a colander, but Chowhounds who make spaetzle regularly have two favorite tools for the job. A potato ricer, with the largest-holed disc, is easy to use–just fill the cavity with dough and push it through. Dedicated spaetzle makers look a bit like coarse flat cheese graters with a sliding hopper attached. The dough goes in the hopper, and you slide it back and forth across the holed surface, laying the whole across your pot.
best utensil for making spaetzle