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Las Hermanas Pimentón de La Vera DOP – Picante (Hot)

by: Hijos de Salvador López

A KL Keller Exclusive

Hot or Sweet

Las Hermanas Pimentón de La Vera (Hot) brings in a second dimension with its lingering, food-friendly heat: no violence, just heat and great punctuation with the background warmth of flavor. Use Las Hermanas Hot Pimentón de La Vera when you want to highlight any dish and make it seem fire roasted! (With an easy pinch or two, Las Hermanas Pimentón de La Vera (Sweet) adds nuance of to a dish—it's like adding an extra vegetable!)

Pimentón de La Vera is a smoky "paprika" from La Vera in Extremadura, Spain. It can be Dulce (Sweet) or Picante (Hot), but it is always smoky—dried traditionally over indirect-heat oak fires for 10 to 15 days, and finished over a slightly warmer fire for three more days. This process takes the ripe peppers to a low percentage of moisture, preserving flavor and color and imbuing them with the classic DOP smokiness.

Freshness is key to the flavor profile of this vibrant crimson powder from Las Hermanas, as the peppers—all from local farmers in La Vera with a longstanding relationship to the company—are smoked immediately upon picking. While the oak-fire smokiness is the first thing to hit the palate, the second is a pure, red pepper flavor with a hint of bitterness.

Why We Like It

Hijos de Salvador López—and its Las Hermanas brand—is a women-run company, founded by Salvador López in 1940, continued by his three sons, and now by two granddaughters (and succession is already set for the great-grandaughters!). After 16 years in the company, now-General Manager Alicia López Sánchez has started to expand the perception of Pimentón de La Vera as a local ingredient commonly associated only with paella to that of a world-class food-friendly spice.

In addition to belonging to the DOP for Pimentón de la Vera, Hijos de Salvador López is certified by International Featured Standards (IFS) and has implemented an Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP), which integrates all of the company's processes and guarantees traceability of every step in real time. This all means that all Hijos de Salvador López products, including those of the Las Hermanas brand, are real (the DOP), clean (the IFS), and accountable (the ERP)! 

The Power of 10 – Ten Ways to Use This Product

  1. Mix the Picante (Hot) or Dulce (Sweet) into hummus for a smoky dimension
  2. Make a fast aïoli with mayo for dousing oven-roasted potatoes—or fries!
  3. Use in Spanish Sweet & Smoky Chicken. ¡Olé!
  4. Cook up a sweet 'n' smoky or hot 'n' smoky paella!
  5. Mix either style with some excellent EVOO and marinate shrimp for grilling
  6. Add to bean and sausage soup
  7. Make Spanish-Style Deviled Eggs (Huevos Rellenos de Atún)
  8. Use as a rub for grilled skirt steak
  9. Add to an elegant EVOO and macerate sushi-grade maguro tuna (finish with Gilles Hervy Fleur de Sel)
  10. Add EVOO, roasted garlic and Pimentón de la Vera to mashed potatoes. Mm!
  11. Ten is never enough. How about some hot 'n’ smoky popcorn? Yes!

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Product CodeUnit SizeUnit / CaseCase Weight UPC CodeNotes
81438   70 g 24 6.6 lbs 8413629600018 Pimentón - Picante (Hot)

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