Cajun Spice Blend
Paprika is the base for this smoky Creole spice blend that's hot and very flavorful. Use it to spice up your meats and vegetables. For the best results, use a quality paprika. Many of the imported varieties have either a sweet or pronounced spicy flavor, use a blend of both.
Better yet, this spring try planting a variety of paprika peppers yourself and dry them for your own ground paprika blend. It's easy to do, and the results are a flavor masterpiece.
Cajun Spice Blend Recipe
1/2 cup paprika (sweet)
1/4 cup sea salt (fine)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
Add all ingredients and store in a cool, dark spot. Paprika releases its flavor as it heats, so this blend works very well on cooked vegetables, meats, soups, and stews.
If you want more information about paprika, visit my article: All About Paprika. Paprika will make a nice addition to your vegetable/herb patch this season.
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