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Bon Appétit - August 2007

Smoked Paprika Recipes from Bon Appetit

GRILLED TOMATO-BELL PEPPER GAZPACHO

Molly Stevens

Why you'll make it: Because it's the tastiest way we know to use up all those ripe tomatoes you've got at the ready. The flavors of cold soup become muted once the soup is thoroughly chilled. Before serving the gazpacho, check the salt and vinegar and then adjust them, if need be.

Servings: Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients

3 1/4 to 3 1/2 pounds firm but ripe medium tomatoes
1 (8- to 9-ounce) red bell pepper
1 (8- to 10-ounce) red onion, unpeeled, quartered lengthwise
8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 (5 x 3 x 1/2-inch) slices country-style bread
3 garlic cloves, divided
1 (10- to 11-ounce) cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded, cut into small cubes, divided
3 tablespoons (or more) Sherry wine vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika*
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup (about) cold water (optional)
3 green onions, cut into thin strips

*Sometimes labeled Pimentón Dulce or Pimentón de La Vera Dulce; available at some supermarkets, at specialty foods stores, and from tienda.com.

Preparation

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Place first 3 ingredients on baking sheet. Brush with 3 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush both sides of bread with 2 tablespoons oil. Grill vegetables until skins are charred, turning frequently, about 8 minutes for tomatoes, 10 minutes for onion, and 15 minutes for pepper. Return to baking sheet. Grill bread until toasted, about 11/2 minutes per side. Cut 1 garlic clove in half; rub over toasted sides of bread. Cut bread into small cubes; reserve croutons.

Remove charred skins and cores from tomatoes. Peel, seed, and core pepper; coarsely chop. Remove charred papery peel and core from onion. Set aside half of chopped cucumber for garnish. Working in 2 batches, add half each of tomatoes, pepper, onion, and remaining cucumber to processor and blend until coarse puree forms. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Repeat with remaining tomatoes, pepper, and onion. Using garlic press, squeeze in remaining 2 garlic cloves. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons vinegar, marjoram, smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne. Thin soup, if desired, with cold water by 1/4 cupfuls. Season with salt and pepper. Chill at least 2 hours.

DO AHEAD

Gazpacho and croutons can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover gazpacho and chopped cucumber garnish separately and refrigerate. Cover and store croutons at room temperature.

Season gazpacho to taste with more salt and more vinegar, if desired. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with cucumber, croutons, and green onions; serve.




Bon Appétit | July 2007

Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison


BARBECUED PORK SANDWICHES WITH PICKLED RED ONION

Instead of pork shoulder, this southern-inspired recipe uses quicker-cooking pork tenderloin. For fullest flavor, look for Berkshire pork or another heritage breed. Smoked salt in a grinder can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets.

Servings: Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients

Onion
1 red onion, halved, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
6 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon (scant) salt

Vinaigrette

1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 teaspoon smoked salt or coarse kosher salt
3 tablespoons purchased tomato-based barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil

Pork

1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika (Pimentón de La Vera)*
1 teaspoon smoked salt or coarse kosher salt
2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
6 large onion rolls, split, toasted

*Available at some supermarkets and specialty foods stores, and from tienda.com.

Preparation

For onion:

Place sliced onion in medium bowl. Pour boiling water over. Let stand 10 minutes; drain well, then return to bowl. Add juice, vinegar, and salt and stir to blend. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

For vinaigrette:

Chop garlic with salt to paste; scrape into small bowl. Add barbecue sauce, orange juice, and lime juice to bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season vinaigrette to taste with pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

For pork:

Blend pepper, smoked paprika, and salt in small bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mix evenly over both tenderloins. Let stand at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (high heat). Grill tenderloins uncovered 5 minutes, rolling over to sear all sides. Cover grill and continue to cook until thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 145°F, turning often and moving to cooler part of grill as needed, about 15 minutes longer. Transfer to cutting board; let rest 10 minutes.

Thinly slice tenderloins crosswise into rounds. Mound pork on roll bottoms. Top with well-drained onion slices, then drizzle with vinaigrette. Cover with roll tops and serve, passing extra onion slices and vinaigrette separately.




Bon Appétit | July 2007

Tori Ritchie

SMOKEY CORN AND TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

Try the topping on burgers or in quesadillas, too.

Servings: Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients

On the grill:

1 large ear of yellow corn, husked
1 small red onion (about 6 ounces), peeled, halved through root end
Olive oil (for grilling)
1 1/2 pounds medium tomatoes (such as cluster or vine-ripened; do not use heirloom; about 5)
1 small country bread, sliced

For the dish:

1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika*
1 tablespoon olive oil

*Spicy smoked paprika, sometimes labeled hot Pimentón or hot Pimentón de La Vera; available at specialty foods stores and from tienda.com.

Preparation

Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Brush corn and onion with oil; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place corn, onion halves, and tomatoes on grill. Cook until corn is charred, onion is just tender, and tomato skins are blistered and loose, turning often, about 12 minutes for tomatoes and 15 minutes for corn and onion. Transfer to foil-lined baking sheet and cool. Brush bread with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Core tomatoes and cut in half horizontally. Gently squeeze out or spoon out juices and seeds. Coarsely dice tomato flesh and place in medium bowl. Cut corn kernels from cob; add kernels to tomatoes. Chop onion; add to tomatoes. Mix in garlic, lime juice, paprika, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

DO AHEAD

Can be made 3 hours ahead. Cover; let stand at room temperature. Serve with grilled bread.




Bon Appétit | April 2007

Molly Stevens


ROASTED LAMB CHOPS WITH CHARMOULA AND SKILLET ASPARAGUS



Charmoula is a zesty herb and garlic sauce from the Middle East.

Servings: Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

Charmoula

1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 1/2 cups (lightly packed) fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/2 cup (lightly packed) fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup (lightly packed) fresh cilantro leaves
2 large garlic cloves
1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika (pimentón dulce)* or sweet Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Lamb

8 (1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch-thick) lamb loin chops (about 2 2/3 pounds)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed, peeled, tops cut into 3-inch-long pieces, stalks cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons chopped shallot
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

*Sometimes labeled sweet pimentón de La Vera; available at some supermarkets, at specialty foods stores, and from tienda.com.

Preparation

For charmoula:

Heat small skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and toast until aromatic and slightly darker, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Transfer to processor. Add parsley leaves and next 6 ingredients to processor. Using on/off turns, process until coarse paste forms. With machine running, gradually add 4 tablespoons oil. Transfer 2 tablespoons charmoula to small bowl; whisk in lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Cover and chill to serve with lamb.

For lamb:

Transfer remaining charmoula to large resealable plastic bag. Add lamb chops; seal bag and turn to coat well. Chill at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

Let lamb and charmoula sauce in bowl stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 500°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place rack on prepared baking sheet. Place lamb on rack and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until thermometer inserted into center registers 130°F for medium-rare, about 13 minutes. Transfer lamb to platter. Tent with foil and let rest 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter with 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add asparagus and sauté until tender, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add shallot and lemon peel. Sauté 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place 2 lamb chops on each of 4 plates. Divide asparagus among plates. Drizzle lamb and asparagus with charmoula sauce, passing remaining sauce alongside.




Bon Appétit | February 2007

Molly Stevens


ROAST CHICKEN WITH SPANISH PAPRIKA AND HERB-ROASTED SMASHED POTATOES

Start this early in the day or the night before. Chilling the chicken uncovered for several hours makes the skin crispy when roasted.

Servings: Makes 4 to 6 servings (plus leftovers).

Ingredients

2 (5-pound) roasting chickens
8 large sprigs fresh thyme plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
2 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked Spanish paprika* divided
1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes (1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil

*Sometimes called hot Pimentón de La Vera; available at some supermarkets and at tienda.com.

Preparation

Butterfly the chicken. Tuck wing tips behind shoulder. Transfer to large rimmed baking sheet. Using fingertips, separate skin from chicken over breasts and thighs. Insert 1 thyme sprig between skin and flesh over each breast and each thigh. Repeat with second chicken. Mix 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt and 2 teaspoons paprika in small bowl. Sprinkle all over chickens.

Transfer uncovered chickens, skin side up, to refrigerator; chill at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place potatoes in 11x7x2-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss. Drizzle chicken with 2 teaspoons oil. Place chicken and potatoes in oven; roast until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F, about 1 hour. Let chickens rest 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon chopped thyme. Return to oven and roast until tender and skins wrinkle slightly, about 5 minutes. Coarsely smash. Cut chickens into breast, wing, thigh, and leg pieces. Transfer to platter. Drizzle some drippings over; serve.



Bon Appétit | August 2006


SAUTÉED SCALLOPS WITH CHERRY TOMATOES, GREEN ONIONS, AND PARSLEY


Servings: Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops, side muscles removed
Fleur de sel or coarse kosher salt
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 large green onions, chopped, white and green parts separated
1 12-ounce container cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
4 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon mild Spanish paprika (pimentón dulce)* or Hungarian sweet paprika

*Available at specialty foods stores and online from tienda.com.

Preparation

Rinse and drain scallops; pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops; sauté until browned outside and just opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to plate; cover. Add 1 tablespoon oil to same skillet; add white parts of green onions and sauté until almost tender, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and green parts of onions and sauté until tomatoes begin to burst and release juices, about 5 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons parsley, lemon juice, and paprika. Return scallops and any accumulated juices to skillet and stir just until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer scallop mixture to platter. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.




Bon Appétit | December 2007

Michael Chiarello


PARMESAN AND SMOKY PAPRIKA FRICO

These fried cheese crisps are fun to make, so enlist a few guests to help if you decide to make them at the last minute.

Servings: Makes 16 to 18

Ingredients

5 cups (about 14 ounces) finely grated Parmesan cheese
4 teaspoons smoked paprika*
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Preparation

Toss cheese and paprika in large bowl.

Spray small nonstick skillet with nonstick spray. Place over medium-low heat. Drop 1/4 cup cheese mixture in mound in center of skillet. Spread to 3- to 4-inch round. Cook until completely melted, bubbling all over, and browning at edges, about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let stand until bubbling stops. Loosen edges and turn frico over. Return pan to medium-low heat and cook frico until golden on bottom, about 1 minute. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

*Sometimes labeled Pimentón Dulce or Pimentón de La Vera Dulce; available at some supermarkets, at specialty foods stores, and from tienda.com.

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