Saturday, November 22, 2008


I’ve recently fallen in love with paprika. I find myself unconsciously sprinkling it in more and more of my cooking – stews, whilst sautéing mushrooms, on potatoes, on chickpeas, on everything really.

Here’s one instance: I had an open bottle of Chardonnay, a chicken and a task to cook dinner. So whilst sweating down my onions, carrots, garlic and celery again I found myself reaching for the tin of paprika and sprinkling it as if it was my magic dust into the cast iron pot. It is great. Paprika rocks my world – maybe it is a cooking magic dust.

Paprika Chicken Stew
Serves 4-6

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 onions, peeled and chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 rounded teaspoon paprika
750 ml bottle of Chardonnay
3-4 rosemary sprigs
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy based pan and brown the chicken pieces until the skin is golden brown. Remove and set aside. Discard excess oil.
  2. Heat remaining olive oil in a heavy based pan or a dutch oven and add carrots, onions, celery, garlic and paprika then slowly sweat vegetables until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the whole bottle of wine, deglazing and scrapping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan. Add rosemary and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20-25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

* Optional, you can further thicken or enrich the stew with cream and serve over rice, potatoes or noodles.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gots some Paprika right here for you...

11:50 PM  
Blogger superfinefeline said...

Ooh! I LURVE Paprika! Can I volunteer myself to be your guinea pig cum kitchen help the next time you cook this? :P

10:29 PM  
Blogger Heidi Leon Monges said...

hey there, I'm a confessed paprika lover, at least since the past few months.

I specially love El avion, means the airplane in Spanish. I love the smoky flavor it has, but also love the little red tin :-)

7:41 PM  
Blogger Mike the Waiter said...

this might seem a little out of place, but a benefit of cooking with paprika is that it reduces "gas"--good for folks with problems of flatulence. weird, but true!

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like stew! Also, I like paprika as I find them very versatile and gives live to a lot of pasta dishes...

9:18 PM  

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