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Smoked paprika: like or dislike?


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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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I like smoked paprika okay, but my favorite paprika is the sharp Hungarian paprika made by Szeged.

I love the added flavor that it brings to certain dishes.

When you're hot, you're hot! Not for everything, but that mellow smoky flavor is transformative for foods that need a memory of the ancestors, the campfire or (for a vegetarian) the pig.

I like paprika in some dishes, smoked and not. So - I like it but don't use it often.

It's good stuff. Perfect for adding a little smoky flavor when you don't have time for the real thing.

Love, love, love!

We have both sweet and hot smoked paprika in our kitchen!

I like it very much.

LOVE!! used to buy it in those glass spice jars at the store, but it got expensive that way, so now i order in bulk lol

Not my thing.

Love smoked paprika! I run through it quickly - thank goodness I can buy it bulk locally.

I have not learned to use it without a recipe; only discovered about 6 yrs. ago. Did not know it comes in degrees of hotness.

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