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Do you remember, or do you still use, liquid smoke? I never liked it or added it to my barbecue sauces, or meatless soups or stews, and some of my recipes tasted a bit bland without that smoky flavor. Then I discovered smoked paprika, a wonderful spice from a particular region of Spain, which gives just the smoky kick I love. Ten years ago, it was a specialty store item, but these days you can find smoked paprika in the spice section of most supermarkets. Paired with cumin, another smoky spice, it bumps up the flavor of everything from chili to scrambled eggs. Use the hot smoked paprika when you want a bit of a jolt; use sweet when you want a gentle smoky note, or bittersweet when you just can't decide. I keep all on hand at all times, because you never know.
Smoked paprika: like or dislike?
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