Paprika is a spice produced from air-dried chilli peppers that has a deep red hue. It ranges in flavour from sweet to hot, and while a popular ingredient in Spanish, Hungarian and Moroccan cuisine, the pepper species is native to the Americas, moving east from Mexico to Spain in the 16th century. With a distinct flavour and bright colour, cooks use paprika to softly flavour and add colour to stews and rice dishes and many use it as a visually appealing garnish.

220px-Spanishsmokedpaprika

Hungry for paprika?

Not only is paprika an important spice in Hungarian cooking, but is also an important product of the country. Hungary produces high-quality paprika in sweet, smoked and hot varieties that’s top-notch in terms of potency and freshness. A traditional dish of the country, goulash, is a stew of cubed beef and Spanish onions that features paprika as a star ingredient.

To make goulash, first slowly caramelize 3 diced onions, add a clove of garlic and a pinch of ground caraway seed, and then add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of marjoram and between 1 1/2 to 4 tablespoons of Hungarian paprika, depending on the desired taste. Cook this mixture for two minutes taking care not to scorch the spices. Add 2 1/2 pounds of cubed beef, enough water to cover the beef and a bay leaf, and then season with salt and pepper. Bring the stew to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer for an hour. The resulting stew, traditionally served alongside spaetzle or a wide egg noodle, is vibrant in both flavour and colour.

Easy snacks you can make with Paprika

paprika-367685_960_720

Paprika works just as well in a side or snack as it does in a main. Consider a snack of roasted almonds with rosemary and smoked paprika. To create this unique snack, begin by whisking 1 egg white until frothy, then adding 2 cups of almonds, 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 3/4 teaspoon each of smoked paprika and kosher salt. Toss it all together, then spread the nuts out onto a baking sheet, and roast at 175 C for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even roasting. Bold paprika and earthy rosemary are a winning combination in this simple snack.

Paprika is also often used as a finishing touch, adding a pop of colour when sprinkled on top of a protein-packed plate of hummus or a platter of devilled eggs. Whether the star ingredient or a flavourful decorative touch, paprika earns its place in any spice rack.

Comments are closed.

Recent Recipes

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Posted on Nov - 13 - 2012

0 Comment

Crepe Recipe

Posted on Sep - 29 - 2012

0 Comment

Easy To Make Hawaiian...

Posted on Sep - 18 - 2012

0 Comment

Peppermint Stick Scone

Posted on Apr - 4 - 2012

0 Comment

Recent posts

Excellent dishes you can...

Posted on Feb - 21 - 2016

Comments Off on Excellent dishes you can make with paprika

Dairy Alternatives For The...

Posted on Nov - 18 - 2015

Comments Off on Dairy Alternatives For The Vegan Guest

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Posted on May - 11 - 2015

Comments Off on Black Bottom Cupcakes

Onion Quiche Recipe

Posted on May - 5 - 2015

Comments Off on Onion Quiche Recipe

Friends

  • Parent Reviewers
  • Affiliate Banner
  • Beautiful Wedding Memories
  • APMA12 Coupon Code / Book Depository