Smoked Paprika Scramble

January 4th, 2008


On my way back into the city after spending Christmas with my family, I passed through Grand Central Station.  Naturally, even with my suitcase and assorted other shopping bags, I had to go to the Grand Central Market.  This time, I was in search of spices.  More specifically, I was in search of smoked paprika, which I have heard others rave about time after time, but have been completely unable to find in my grocery store or health food store.  Of course, of course, Penzys had it.

Unfortunately, the next morning, I left on a New Year’s trip, and didn’t have a chance to try out my new paprika until last night (I did spend quite a bit of time smelling it though.  On the subway on the way to my apartment.  Seriously, I’m sure that lots of strangers thought I was a crazy).

I think this scramble has a southwestern feel to it, so perhaps I soaked up some Texas over New Year’s.  If you want it spicy, add a 1/4 tsp or so of cayenne pepper.  If you like it mild (like me), just leave it the way it is.

And, because I can’t resist, one of the last photos I took in 2007:


Smoked Paprika Scramble

2 tsp olive oil
2 small green peppers, cut into 1/2″ slices
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1. In a small saute pan, saute peppers, salt and paprika in oil for 5-7 minutes, until tender.
2. Add eggs and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until eggs are opaque and not runny. Serve warm.

Tags: Breakfast and Brunch · food

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  • 1 health food » Blog Archive » Smoked Paprika Scramble // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm

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  • 2 Kelli // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    I LOVE smoked paprika — especially in Dreena Burton’s “Snifle Soup” recipe, but it’s also amazing in homemade hummus. I buy mine at Kalustyan’s (123 Lex).  They have an amazing selection of high-quality spices, and’m pretty sure they’re less expensive than Penzey’s.  =) Of course, Kalustyan’s is one of my favorite stores in the city, so I may be a bit biased.

    PS: I tried two batches of the fudge, but neither ever hardened. I think I needed to cook it longer than recommended… my microwave isn’t as strong as it could be.

  • 3 Kelli // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Oops… SNIFFLE Soup.

  • 4 katy // Jan 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Kelli — I’ve actually never been to Kalustyan’s, but it’s one of those places I know I will fall in love with the moment I try.  Once it warms up a little, I’m definitely making a trip there!

    On the fudge, was it liquid-y and bubbling when you put it in the refrigerator?  That was how hot mine got, and then it set in the fridge within an hour or so.

  • 5 Jeena // Jan 4, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Katy this recipe is wonderful, so simple yet so delicious!  I love fried green peppers with smoked paprika it is a great combination.  🙂

  • 6 katy // Jan 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks Jeena!

  • 7 Paz // Jan 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I love this recipe — nice and easy!

    Love how you were smelling your spice on the subway.  Haha!  You can do stuff like that in the city and no one will bother you, save a glance or two.  haha!  😉


  • 8 Archana // Jan 6, 2008 at 4:59 am

    I am constantly looking for recipes that are very different. Thanks for sharing this recipe which looks very interesting. Eggs and Bell peppers is something which i have not tried. Smoked paprika is that something you get readily in the stores, is that readily available?  I am from india, and love to know more about it. Will await your reply.

  • 9 Az Azura // Jan 6, 2008 at 7:54 am

    This is different from other egg dishes I had tried , and look yummy as well .That sky picture of yours.. its gorgeous!

  • 10 katy // Jan 7, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Paz – some little girl pointed me out to her mother!  That was a little embarassing.

    Archana — I found this in a specialty spice store, and have never found it in a grocery store.  Technically, the version that I bought is called “Spanish Smoked Paprika,” in case that helps.  If you have a good spice store that you use, I’m sure they would have it, otherwise you can definitely order it online!  Just google “smoked paprika” and I’m sure you will find it.  Good luck!

    Az Azura — thanks!!!

  • 11 piscesgrrl // Jan 8, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Hi Katy, I wandered over from the MIFS carnival (which I entered once, and once only :).  This website looks wonderful and I’m very intrigued by the smoked paprika.  Actually, all your recipes look great and I like reading your commentary about each one.

    And now I know the name of those adorable, yummy little treats my friend brought over for the holidays..  petit fours!

    I think I need to go poach a pear!

  • 12 katy // Jan 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    piscesgrrl — Thanks so much, and I’m glad you like it!  Definitely let me know if you try any of the recipes!

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