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Get Spicy: Smoked Paprika Recipe Finalists!

February 23rd, 2010 22 Comments

Thanks to everyone who sent in a recipe featuring smoked paprika for our Get Spicy contest! I narrowed it down to these four finalists. I’m publishing each of the full recipes, and it’s up to you to vote for the winner. I’m glad I don’t have to decide. They all look nothing less than scrumptious and I plan to try ’em all!

Recipe #1: Smoky Sweet Sweet Potato Fries
From: Amanda

Peel a sweet potato. Slice it up into skinny french fry sized sticks. Add
sticks to a large bowl or ziploc baggie with some cooking spray, cracked
black pepper and about 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika. Shake around until fries are evenly coated.

Place fries in a single layer, not touching each other on a cooling rack placed inside a cooking sheet–having airflow all around makes them crispier. Bake fries at 475 degrees for 30 minutes or until they’re crispy. Remove from oven and toss in a mixture of 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. If you like a little more heat, add a pinch of cayenne to this mixture as well. Consume while hot.

Recipe #2: Chicken Tikka Masala
From: Gwen

– 1 cup yogurt
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 2 teaspoons ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
– 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
– 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
– 4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
– 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
– 4 long skewers
– 1 tablespoon butter
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
– 2 teaspoons ground cumin
– 2 teaspoons paprika
– 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin,
cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in
chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. Preheat a grill for high heat.
3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard
marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
4. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic
and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin and paprika. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Recipe #3: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
From: Ari

4-6lb Pork butt
2 medium yellow onions
4 garlic cloves
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp kosher salt
½ tbsp pepper
1 bottle favorite bbq sauce
1tsp liquid smoke (optional)

Pat pork butt dry with paper towels, if too big to fit in cooker, cut into 3
pieces. Mix spices together with apple cider vinegar and rub on pork butt. Place in Ziploc bag and let sit for 1 hour. Then, slice one onion into rings and place on bottom of slow cooker, put pork butt on top, pour the rest of the marinade on top, and cover pork with water, just until covered, then layer with the second onion sliced into rings and throw in the 4 garlic cloves. Turn cooker on low and leave for 6-8 hours. Then, take pork out, keeping the onions and garlic, just pour out ¾ of the liquid, and start shredding the pork with 2 forks, should be very easy to pull apart. Once all shredded, put it all back in the cooker, dump in your favorite bbq sauce and liquid smoke, and let cook on low for as long as you want, or until ready to serve. Goes great on slider buns with bread and butter pickles and slaw, or in corn tacos.

Recipe #4: Spinach Pancakes
From: Michelle

4 TBS of flour
2 eggs
1 package of frozen spinach (I use fresh spinach from the farmers’ market if I have it on hand)
s&p to taste
1/2 tsp of paprika
2 TBS olive oil (Sometimes I use grapeseed oil, because of the higher smoke point)

1. Mix the flour and eggs
2. Stir in spinach, then s&p and paprika
3. Heat oil in a skillet, and drop the batter in and make patties. (I like
about 3in diameter pancakes)
4. Time is dependent on size, after both sides are browned, drain on paper towels and eat! :)

Now, let’s pick a winner. The poll wasn’t working, so vote by leaving a comment with your favorite recipe! You have until tomorrow at noon.

  • Oh my gosh, these all sounds amazing! I don’t have time to try any of them before tomorrow, but I think just based on how the recipes sound – I have to vote for the Pulled Pork, yum!! Can’t wait to put my crock pot to work on this recipe : )

  • This is a tough one. As easy as the sweet potato fries are to make, the chicken tikki masala just looks heavenly! Gwen gets my vote.

  • Josie

    Got to go for the pork butt! Looks incredible.

  • Gen

    MMM I’d have to go with the pulled pork from Ari! LOVE my slow cooker! :)

  • sophie

    pulled pork is my favorite food on earth…looks easy enough!

  • Jackie

    They all sound SO good. But, Ari’s pulled pork has my vote. Yum!

  • Justine

    The pulled pork is AMAZING! My vote is for Ari.

  • Ara

    I have to go with the pork butt…sounds fascinating.

  • Katie

    The pork butt!!!

    It’s sooooo good. Gets my vote!

  • Christopher K

    Recipe #3: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. No contest.

  • Rhett Walker

    The pulled pork sounds easy, and I can’t wait to try it with smoked paprika and bbq sauce. Should makes for some awesome sliders.

  • Robert

    Ari’s Pulled Pork is to die for

  • Noah Momm

    The Pulled Pork definitely takes the cake. Although I haven’t tasted any, I’m sure the Pulled Pork shall taste the best.

  • Jem

    I choose the Pulled PORK – yummmy! Receipe #3: oink oink

  • Connie!

    Pulled Pork hands down!

  • jenn

    #3! #3! Nothing better : )

  • Gigi

    the pulled pork is amazzzzing…Ari deserves the win!!!

  • Brandon

    Apple cider vinegar is the key to cole slaw. Gotta go with Ari.

  • Eddie

    Pulled Pork – Go Ari!

  • Debbie

    All recipes sound great but I would have to take the pulled pork.

  • Tanya Lasagna

    Ari’s Pulled Pork recipe sounds awesome! It gets me vote. Who doesn’t love anything with a butt?

  • Alina

    While all look delicious, the pulled pork invoked a higher rate of salivation than the others. I will have to rank it 33.33 (repeating of course) higher than the rest.