Botanical Name: Capsicum Annum
Paprika can be used to add a unique flavor to a wide variety of different foods. One easy method for preparing French fries is to sprinkle them with olive oil, and then dust them with garlic, oregano, black pepper and paprika. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for an excellent taste and reduced calories from the traditional deep fried version. The above seasoning combination can also be used on garlic bread. Another popular dish, potato salad, often gets an extra zip from this colorful spice. Onion rings, made from flavorful sweet onions such as Walla Walla's or Vidalia's, dusted with paprika are a summertime favorite. Marinades for seafood take advantage of this pungent spice. Fried chicken can benefit from the addition of smoked paprika to the seasoning mix found in the flour and buttermilk breading used to coat the poultry.