I don’t know what I ever did before discovering Spanish Smoked Paprika (Pimentón de la Vera). Not sure why I didn’t discover it while living in Spain. God knows it was in or on everything from eggs to chorizo and ensaladilla Rusa. This lovely spice imparts a deep and smokey flavor to anything you add it to.
I got my first taste at the Americano bar in the SOMA district of San Francisco. I ordered some fries that came dusted with pimenton and I am guessing some garlic and parsley. I am not a fry addict, like most, yet, I wolfed down those crispy critters and yearned for more.
Long story long, I would like to share a few simple recipes that you can wow your friends with. If you received a little packet from me, it contains exactly 1 Tablespoon.
ALIOLI (smoked paprika aioli)
1 T Pimenton de la Vera
1/2 cup to 1 cup mayo (may sub light sour cream and live oil)
1-3 garlic cloves – mashed
HOW: Blend with a small whisk or spoon OR put in mini food processor.
SERVE: with roasted potatoes, fresh veggies, drizzled over hard boiled eggs or tuna.
SMOKEY ROASTED POTATOES
6-7 or 1lb Dutch Yellow or any small potatoes – 1.5 inch diameter
1 T Pimentón de la Vera
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
3 T olive oil
Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Preheat oven or toaster oven to 450
Slice potatoes in half or quarters depending on size. Small cooks faster.
Mix dry ingredients
Toss potatoes with oil, then add dry spices and toss to coat.
Roast on a foil lined cookie sheet for 15 minutes… check for doneness, give a turn and roast for an additional 5-10 minutes depending on how brown and crispy you like them. Eat.
Use instead of paprika in any recipe that calls for paprika for added zip and smokiness.
Sprinkle over halibut or any fish before baking or grilling.
Combine with olive oil for a sexy oil to decorate a plate with.
If spicy is too spicy, there are sweet and semi spicy varieties.
A 2.6 oz. can the size of an “old school” pepper can is about $4-$6 dollars. Don’t pay more.
MORE RECIPE LINKS:
Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp with garlic and pimenton)
Patatas Bravas (mean potatoes)
Roasted Chicken (roasted chicken)