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Of all the McCormick Gourmet Collection spices, I believe the Smoked Paprika was the first one I tried. I know, for a fact, that I’ve bought and used enough bottles to build a tower to the moon.
Okay, maybe I exaggerate a wee little bit. But I’m a frequent flier, this is certain.
Not long ago, I heard someone on television (I can’t even remember who it was, I think I was only half awake!) talking about the one spice they’d keep if they could only have one – in addition to salt and pepper – for an entire week. This person (whoever it was) said their choice would be garlic. Funny, I remember the choice but not the voice.
I also remember thinking, “As much as I love garlic and Cayenne Red Pepper, no one… but no one… could ever separate me from my Smoked Paprika.”
Just listen to the description from McCormick:
Spanish sweet red peppers are naturally smoked over wood planks to obtain its distinctive smoky taste. For great color and flavor, use in recipes for chicken, fish, pork, potatoes and rice.
Fellow foodies, it tastes EVEN better than these words lead you to believe. The flavor Smoked Paprika gives to food is just mind boggling. I’ve used it in hummus, on fried eggs, on deviled eggs, on grilled tilapia, in guacamole, on pork, on chicken, in pasta salad, in potato salad, on asparagus, in soups (potato soup and tomato soup LOVE Smoked Paprika), in beans, and on and on. Sometimes I think the only thing I haven’t used it on is popcorn.
When you try Smoked Paprika (and after reading McCormick’s description, I know you will), keep in mind that a little goes a long way. It’s great on everything I’ve ever introduced it to but Smoked Paprika shines even brighter than the July sun when it pairs up with eggs.
If you’re like us, you’re trying to eat healthier. Spices like the ones in the McCormick Gourmet Spice Collection serve a dual purpose:
- They add delicious layers of flavor to your dishes.
- You can use less salt (you often don’t even need any!) than ever before.
For lunch this afternoon, I made a Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger (These are DELECTABLE!). I always heat a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a small skillet, add the burger and cook it through – flipping once. All of the Morningstar Farms products are excellent but this one is even more Heavenly than the rest. It requires absolutely no seasoning at all, I think doing so might just be unethical.
I didn’t want to put it on buns this time, so I grabbed my much beloved Smoked Paprika and something else I’m infatuated with: Red Beans. I put a little Olive Oil into another small skillet, sauteed chopped garlic and scallions in the oil for about a minute, then added a can of drained and rinsed red beans. I heated them and added a little Smoked Paprika.
I put the delicious Spicy Black Bean Burger in the middle of my plate, covered it with a heaping helping of the red beans, snipped a little fresh cilantro over the entire production (using my much-beloved herb scissors). I saved the leftover beans for the next day.
McCormick Spices can be your best friend when you’re trying to eat healthier. They take salt completely out of the equation for a lot of foods. Smoked Paprika is just one of their spices that keep you from ever reaching for the unhealthy salt shaker.