Use smoked paprika to transform basic recipes like hummus, chicken, hard-cooked eggs, and roasted veggies into incredibly flavorful appetizers, sides, and dinner.

Smoked Paprika Hummus

 

With the Super Bowl (see more of my favorite Super Bowl Appetizers), Fat Tuesday, and other appetizer-centric events right around the corner, I thought I would turn the flavor on one of my go-to, most highly-requested appetizers, hummus.

Smoked Paprika

I was introduced to smoked paprika a few years ago when working with a client. Everyone raved about how the flavor transformed basic chicken into a masterpiece and how it was the perfect finishing touch on grilled or roasted veggies. Once I tried, I had to agree!  I started using smoked paprika as part of a dry rub on meat, fish, and poultry, and in appetizers like pimiento cheese and hummus to give them a smoky kick. Here are a few favorite uses:

  • Use as a dry rub on meats, fish, pork, tofu, or poultry
  • Sprinkle on deviled eggs
  • Stir into rice, couscous, or quinoa
  • Toss with veggies before roasting or grilling
  • Mix with plain Greek yogurt for a simple sauce

Smoked Paprika Hummus

What I love about this hummus recipe is that it doesn’t use tahini. Tahini is sesame seed paste and is a classic ingredient used in hummus. Don’t get me wrong, I love tahini but I don’t always have it on-hand like I would many of the other key ingredients (can of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon, garlic, spices). The secret to this hummus is to blend it for at least 2 minutes. It seems like an eternity when you’re standing there with the blender whirling but the lengthy blending helps to break up the chickpea skins (and wouldn’t you want to blend a bit longer than peel skins?) to yield a creamy consistency. So don’t quit early!

And for the short-cutters out there (which I usually am), if you don’t have time to make homemade hummus, buy plain from the grocery store, put it in your own bowl, and then finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of smoked paprika before serving. (Shhh….no one will ever know! Just don’t forget to throw away the evidence!)

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Smoked Paprika Hummus