The Spice Trail

I get comments about my calling away from specific varieties of spices and regardless of whether that’s required.

My stock solution is, “You may also use whatever spice choices since desire. But if you wish to enjoy and savor the subtle flavors of these recipes, I suggest you look for and use the particular spices I onsite visit.”

I use spices from different regions strictly as a result of nuances which the spice produces in the food.

For example, you can get the generic “Oregano” within your local supermarket and for some meals which is more than sufficient.

However, we have a subtle difference between Mexican Oregano, Mediterranean Oregano, and store-bought generic “Oregano.”

Store-bought Oregano is ok for most dishes. While it’s actually a generic, comprising blends of oreganos from various areas, Its taste isn’t consistent from batch to batch, plus the base flavor is determined by which batch was prepared where.

I prefer Mexican Oregano its my Mexican dishes. Mexican Oregano includes a stronger, better quality flavor, having a hint of earthiness so it adds to your food.

However, Mexican Oregano does overpower subtle dishes, such because you might find in Mediterranean cooking.

I use Mediterranean Oregano when I prepare recipes while it began with the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Oregano features a subtle flavor that enhances those dishes, but isn’t going to overpower them.

Similarly, you may use general, all-purpose paprika as part of your cooking. I, however, love the nuances of Hungarian paprikas over either the generic paprikas or Spanish paprikas.

Don’t misunderstand me: Spanish paprikas, being less intense that Hungarian paprikas, are desirable in Spanish cooking like Paella, playing with goulashes or paprikash, I prefer Hungarian paprikas.

And simply to confuse you more, There’s a taste difference dependant upon just the place the paprika was grown. In Hungary the two main major paprika producing regions: Szeged and Kaloscai. The Szeged region generates a paprika that owes its popularity for the region’s intense marketing efforts. The Kalocsai different types of paprika, I find, tend to be more nuanced in flavors. You’ll see the Szeged variety on store shelves more frequently than you’ll see the Kalocsai variety, but I assure you, for my taste, I like the Kalocsai variety.

In another vein, there’s two varieties or preparations of paprika: plain and smoked. I do not, personally, much like the taste of smoked paprikas, so I are likely to stick with the plain varieties.

One word of caution: when selecting Hungarian paprikas online, donrrrt buy a lot in your first purchase. I’ve found wild variations in flavors, even between paprikas labelled “Kalocsai”. As a consequence, I only deal which has a small, select band of wholesalers, ones that I’ve tried knowning that produce a consistent creation that fits both my preferences and my budget.

I’m fortunate to possess a local importer only some miles from the house, so I drive over there, sample his wares, and select what tastes great for me.

Sweet Hungarian paprika (Édes-nemes) includes a subtle mild, sweet and slightly bitter taste. You can use lots of it before it overpowers.

Hot Hungarian paprika (Eros), in contrast, is usually intensely fiery, plus a very little bit goes an extended, great distance. For example, you will notice that within a particular recipe I might require two tablespoons of sweet Hungarian paprika. But then of course you’ll see that I also involve something inside neighborhood of one-eighth teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika. Hot Hungarian paprika is the fact much stronger.

As a parting word of advice: Store your spices in tightly closed containers inside your freezer! The spices can last longer this will let you more intense flavor than when those bottles are carelessly held in some dark cabinet with your kitchen.

The difference happens because spices owe their particular flavors to essential oils that slowly evaporate, leaving a tasteless mélange of cloth behind. Placing them inside the refrigerator or freezer markedly decreases the boiling-off of such essential oils.

If you need to have fun with paprikas, do this recipe:

Paprikás Krumpli

[Potato Goulash with Sausages]


2 tablespoons Avocado oil

1 lb. Andouille sausage, sliced into coins

1 large yellow onion, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced

1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6 small russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into ½ inch thick slices

2 cups low sodium beef broth


In a 5 qt Dutch oven over medium heat bring the oil to shimmering.

Add the sausages and stir-cook until browned and slightly crispy.

Remove sausage rounds to your paper towel-lined plate.

Add the onions and stir-cook until translucent.

Add paprika, salt, garlic and pepper.

Stir-cook an extra 2 minutes to thoroughly combine all ingredients.

Add from the potato slices.

Continue to stir cook prior to the potatoes are well-coated with onions along with the seasonings.

Add sausages and beef broth and bring to your boil.

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer till the potatoes are fork tender.

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