Pimenton is a smoked version of paprika, which is ground up red bell peppers. It isn’t really something new… all you cool kids out there have been playing with this for a while. It used to be sort of hard to find smoked paprika. Luckily for us lazy guys, it is becoming increasingly easier to find, and more popular. I first came across the McCormick version at my local Safeway. A couple weeks after that I found this version from Safinter. The McCormick paprika was good, it tasted smokey and was sweet, but it had no complexity or depth. The paprika from Safinter was miles better. This paprika has much more complexity, you don’t just have two boring notes, but instead a number of different lingering smokey notes and a range of sweet flavors.
A little bit of this stuff goes along way. The price difference between the two brands I bought was only about a $1.50, and each bottle will last forever. I recommend paying a little extra and going for a slightly more expensive bottle. You will definitely notice the difference. Try adding it to anything that has tomato in it, anything you roast…or really anything.