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Old 02-16-2010, 02:58 AM   #1
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Smoked Paprika

Last night, my girlfriend made these awesome grilled portabello mushrooms in the panini press and one of the seasonings in the portabello mushrooms was smoked paprika. I must say that if she hadn't already won my heart over, the portabellos would have done it for me.

I asked her about what she used in the portabellos, since I host a lot of vegetarian BBQs over the summer. Well, she took me by the store today and I picked up hot smoked paprika and sweet smoked paprika. She told me she never knew how her kitchen was complete without it. The brand was "El Rey de la Vera" imported from Spain. Is this a good one? Does anyone here use smoked paprika? What do you use it for?

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Old 02-16-2010, 03:12 AM   #2
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I use it as a substitute for anything that calls for plain old paprika. It's fantastic as an ingredient in meat rubs or in soups, gravies.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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Same here. Good stuff indeed. A must have component of most of my rubs for meat. Great in chili! Nice for a flavored steak butter too!
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:06 AM   #4
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Goes well up agains curry powder in most things too!
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:14 AM   #5
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I have sweet smoked paprika, use it burgers, meatloaf, steaks, even sprinkled some on fries.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:29 PM   #6
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Since the Spanish Pimenton is fairly expensive, I only use it in certain Spanish dishes. For Hungarian dishes, I use Hungarian paprika. The Spanish Pimenton is too expensive to use alone as a thickening agent.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:30 PM   #7
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Since the Spanish Pimenton is fairly expensive, I only use it in certain Spanish dishes. For Hungarian dishes, I use Hungarian paprika. The Spanish Pimenton is too expensive to use alone as a thickening agent.
I don't think anyone was suggesting using it as a thickening agent.

I buy smoked Spanish paprika from Penzey's and it's a great flavor addition to many dishes.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:37 PM   #8
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Good stuff!

I recently bought a bottle, because I have wanted to try it for awhile.It tastes terrible right out of the bottle.And no this is not my recipe idea.I just like to know how a new spice tastes on its own.So far the only thing I have tried it on is avacados,with some ancho powder,lime juice a little vinegar,gran garlic,salt and pepper.BBQ season is allmost here and I know that I will have a million uses then.I will have to look into a premium brand before that, because like I said it is some good stuff!
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:56 PM   #9
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I buy smoked Spanish paprika from Penzey's and it's a great flavor addition to many dishes.
Penzey's is my stop too.
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Penzey's is my stop too.
That's where I get mine. I use it mostly for rubs.
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