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#1 Fri 27 Jun 08 4:55pm

misTea

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From England
Member since Wed 28 May 08

Paprika, sweet or smoked?

I have noticed that some recipes call for sweet paprika and some for smoked. can anyone tell me the difference between these and the jars labled just "paprika"? i have been looking around and cant seem to find either sweet or smoked varieties anywhere.

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#2 Fri 27 Jun 08 7:28pm

SusanneH

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Re: Paprika, sweet or smoked?

There are different versions of paprika.

hot- which is - well, you may have guessed it - hot, but not quite so hot as chili powder
sweet - which is mild.
smoked - often labelled as Spanish (found it as that in Scotland at least) -  has a somewhat smokey note.

If you really can't get the smoked stuff use the mild/sweet or hot (or a mix of both). It will not taste exactly the same, but still be good. I had to do that for some time till my Scotland trip, because Jamie uses smoked paprika in several recipes and I could never find it here in Germany.

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#3 Fri 27 Jun 08 9:42pm

AskCy

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Member since Tue 11 Mar 08

Re: Paprika, sweet or smoked?

smoked paprika smells like BBQ flavoured things !

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#4 Fri 27 Jun 08 10:14pm

Anna

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Re: Paprika, sweet or smoked?

The standard jars from supermarkets just labelled 'Paprika' (eg. Schwartz etc.) are sweet.  The smoked stuff tends to be specifically labelled as such.

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#5 Fri 27 Jun 08 10:57pm

MsPablo

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Re: Paprika, sweet or smoked?

Smoked paprika comes in both sweet and hot.  The Spanish variety is called 'Pimenton de la Vera' (dulce = sweet, picante = hot).  Hungarian smoked paprika comes in both sweet and hot.  I find sweet, smoked paprika more useful than the hot smoked paprika, you can always get heat from chili's.  Regular paprika whether sweet or hot has a very subtle flavor.

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#6 Sat 28 Jun 08 11:26pm

misTea

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Re: Paprika, sweet or smoked?

MsPablo, you are a genius, thanks. i have seen pimenton in a chinese supermarket recently but as i never heard of it i never thought to stop and take a look. i'll go back on my day off and have a chat with them.
thank you clap

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