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If you’ve ever entered my kitchen, you would know about my spice cupboard. Not a spice carousel, although I have one of those too. I have an entire cupboard dedicated to my collection of spices and seasonings. One of my favorites is paprika. I think it enhances many recipes and I use it often. When Kiva gave me the opportunity to review two varieties of smoked paprika, of course I was all over it.
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We imported our smoked paprika from the famous La Vera region of Spain. Following a century old recipe, hand-harvested peppers are smoked dried over holm oak for a minimum of 14 days . This gives our paprika its unique rich flavor. Our paprika is only made in small batches to ensure optimum aroma, color and flavor.
They have two varieties:
Sweet Smoked Paprika: Deep, rich flavor with a slightly sweet undertone.
Hot Smoked Paprika Deep, rich, slightly spicy flavor
I used the Hot Smoked first. This is not spicy hot, but flavorful hot. I noticed the smokey aroma right off when I added it to my ground beef. Hubby wasn’t into the hot flavor, so I just made it for my burger. My recipe is below
Hot Smoked Paprika Burgers
½ lb lean ground beef
1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
1 clove garlic, crushed
S&P to taste
Mix everything together and form a patty. Grill on the barbecue 5-8 minutes on each side. This grilled up delicious. I just wish I took a picture to show you. But trust me, this was so yummy.
I used the Sweet Smoked Paprika next. This time, I made a sour cream sauce to top baked pork chops. The sauce was delicious and the smoked paprika really stood out without being overpowering. I should have made a double batch. I took a picture and wrote down the recipe for you.
Smokey Sour Cream Paprika Sauce
1 teaspoon Kiva Sweet Smoked Paprika
1 green onion, sliced
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup chicken broth
¼ cup sour cream
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place the first three ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook until onion is a bit fragrant. Add the chicken broth and stir until bubbly. Add the sour cream and mix until well blended. Season to taste.
My verdict: These are right there in my spice cupboard within arms reach so I can get to them easy. I really can’t get over how delicious the smokey flavor is. I can see me using these as apposed to the traditional paprika. Can’t wait to use them again!