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What's New in Your Pantry? Smoked paprika!


From Julia, in Cambridge, MA:

If you can believe it, Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika is new to my pantry in the last 10 years. I had always thought of paprika as just a bland spice added primarily for color. A few years ago, while visiting a friend, he served fried okra with a smoked paprika mayo dip -- it was a revelation; especially since the dip consisted of only smoked paprika and mayo.  Since then, I've used it in deviled eggs (total game changer) and also Yotam Ottolenghi's Chicken Sofrito (from the cookbook Jerusalem).

I'm out of my favorite brand, but have 3 other kinds of smoked paprika in the pantry which I need to go through. [Note: the photo above is mine, and the sweet smoked paprika is the can on the right. They're not my favorite brands, either, but they are currently on my spice rack.]

[Lydia's note] Spanish smoked paprika, also known as pimentón, is always in my pantry. I love the way it adds a smoky flavor to food without also adding the vinegar you get when you use hot sauces. Sweet smoked paprika doesn't add heat; bittersweet or hot smoked paprika will kick up your food, but again, without that vinegar you get from hot sauce. A pinch of sweet smoked paprika here or there will make a huge impact on a recipe. Do you have smoked paprika in your pantry? Here are some favorite recipes that call for it:

Four favorite ways to use smoked paprika, from The Perfect Pantry
Spanish chicken with saffron and green olives, from The Perfect Pantry
Quick turkey kofta kebabs with Spanish smoked paprika, from Coffee & Vanilla
Orange tomato jam with smoked paprika, from Food in Jars
Flash-fried squid with paprika and garlic, from The Culinary Chase
Zucchini chips with smoked paprika, from All Day I Dream About Food

Ready to join in the fun on Saturdays? Here's how to play


  1. Find something in your pantry, fridge or freezer, cupboards, or kitchen that wasn't there 10 years ago. Maybe it's a spice or condiment you use now that you didn't know existed back then. Maybe it's a new version of something you've always had (a different brand of soy sauce or olive oil?). Or, maybe it's a tool or utensil that's essential to the way you cook today. Maybe it's something you discovered here on The Perfect Pantry! If you haven't had your own kitchen for 10 years, find something you have now that you didn't have a year ago.
  2. Snap a photo, quick and easy with your smartphone! 
  3. Email the photo to me: lydia@theperfectpantry.com.
  4. Include your name, and where your pantry is located (city, or state, or country).
  5. Make sure to say what the pantry item is (especially if your photo has more than one thing in it), and include a sentence or two about why it's in your pantry.

You may send as many photos as you like, whenever you like. Please send each photo in its own email (easy to do from your smartphone), with your name on each one. Send one photo, ten photos, or more. I have tons of things in my pantry now that weren't there 10 years ago.

***You may send any item, food or nonfood, from your pantry/kitchen. If you send a photo of a food ingredient I don't have, I will try to get it and create a recipe with it. 

I'm looking forward to sharing your photos, so snap a shot and email to me:



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Love it!

Smoked paprika is definitely a revelation, and something that inspires when making 'smoky' tasting food without bacon, ham bone, etc. It must be one of those 'umami' things, and I'm grateful for it!

I just made the deviled eggs for the Seder last night. So good!

You've inspired me to use some of the smoked Spanish paprika in my cupboard in my recipe and blog post today. Thank you for the suggestions!

Love it!

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