Let’s be honest, food doesn’t taste much without any seasoning. Salt and pepper are the best to bring out flavours but sometimes it’s fun to add a little bit of an extra kick. The other week, I added Schwartz’s Paprika & Onion seasoning* from Tesco* to three different meals which made them all taste a little bit better. There are lots of different paprika recipes out there, most commonly used with chicken but I thought I’d share some alternatives.
Brunch – Paprika Omelette
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. When I get up a little bit later at the weekend or if I’ve been eating late the night before, I’m not that hungry straight away when I wake up, a brunch is on the cards. At home, no brunch is complete without eggs. On this occasion I made an omelette which I normally only add salt and pepper to but hang on, why not try a different seasoning? By simply adding paprika spice instead, the omelette got a little kick to it.
Dinner – Chickpea & Smoked Ham Stew
I’ve been meaning to try this recipe by The Culinary Bee for a while and as it happens, one of the main spices to be added is paprika so this was the perfect opportunity. It’s an easy recipe so no need to be a queen in the kitchen. This stew is perfect to enjoy during the winter season. It’s a heartwarming meal with a hint of paprika seasoning.
4 pints of water
1 large carrot
1 large stick of celery
8 baby shallots
8 cloves of garlic
500g shredded ham hock
1 tbsp paprika seasoning
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp chilli flakes
1 handful of kale
1 lemon (juice and zest)
30ml olive oil
Salt and pepper
- Roughly chop peeled carrot, celery and garlic into pieces and fry in a large pan on low heat for 5-6 minutes
- Add the remaining ingredients (aside from half of the ham, lemon and kale) and cook on low heat for 1.5 hours until slightly reduced
- Spoon out carrots, celery, garlic, 3/4 of chickpeas and blend into a smooth purée
- Add the purée back into the stock and stir to combine
- Add kale, grated lemon zest and its juice and salt and pepper
- Serve in bowls and top with ham hock
Snack – Paprika Popcorn
I prefer savoury popcorn over sweet but who says you only have to season popcorn with salt? Lots of brands come out with variations of fun flavours nowadays and it is as easy to do at home. One of my favourite crisps are paprika flavoured and it works as well on popcorn. Simply add paprika seasoning as soon as the popcorn come out of the pan or microwave. Make sure to give them a proper toss before serving.
What’s your favourite seasoning at the moment? Have you tried any of Schwartz seasonings and other products they offer to make cooking easier?
*PR sample. Schwartz kindly sent me this Paprika & Onion seasoning for review but my words, views and photos are my own.