Pimenton Oil (Smoked Paprika Oil)

Quick Tip: Pimentón Oil (Smoked Paprika Oil)

Pimenton infused oil 011Ever since I first tried Banfi Centine in 1999, it’s been my favorite red wine. Recently, I discovered Centine on Twitter, and am happy to say we’ve become fast friends.

Last week they tweeted a recipe for a complete three-course meal – with suggested Banfi wine pairings – from celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio. The main course (coffee rubbed pork shoulder) was paired with my beloved Centine, so of course I had to try it. I made the course along with its side dishes, and while it was great, I was most excited about this pimentón (smoked paprika) infused oil used for the Brussels sprouts side dish.

The oil imparts a subtle smoky flavor when used in place of canola or vegetable oil in any recipe. I made a double batch and have been using it for just about everything: vegetables, meats and even fried eggs. And, of course, Brussels sprouts.

Note: Pimentón itself is a a particular type of smoked paprika from Spain. If you can’t find the Spanish variety, any smoked paprika will work.

Pimentón Oil (Smoked Paprika Oil)
¾ C canola/vegetable oil (12 T)
1 t pimentón (smoked paprika)

Mix the pimentón and oil in a small pan.

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Heat over medium heat until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to stir and scrape the mixture a few times.

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Strain the oil mixture into a container through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

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Step back and admire that beautiful orange color!

Pimenton infused oil Store the oil in a lidded jar for up to a week (the pungent smoky flavor starts to fade after a week). Use as you would use regular canola or vegetable oil. Enjoy!

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