Smoked Spanish paprika is my new favorite spice. I don’t know how I missed it all these years. I must have seen it in recipes but didn’t realize that it is different from regular paprika.

The spice truly has a smoky flavor. Some brands are more rust colored and others are a brighter red. The taste is the same regardless of color.

As a culture, we are enjoying smoked foods more than ever these days. This spice gives foods a boost in that direction. Sprinkle the smoked paprika on potatoes, steak, and chicken or stir it into sauces, dips, and gravies for a delightful twist. I mixed some in deviled eggs and it was delicious.

If you can’t find smoked Spanish paprika near you, you can order online from The Spice House, www.thespicehouse.com

Following is a quick dip recipe. You might want to adjust the salt to your taste and whether you are dipping veggies or salty pretzels or chips.

Smoked Paprika Dip

1 cup mayonnaise
¾ cup yogurt (drained if not using Greek yogurt)
2  1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1  1/2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika

Mix all ingredients together. Chill until serving.

©2012, Mary K. Doyle

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