Paprika Oil

This is a great oil for cooking, it goes especially well with potatoes. You can both cook in it and substitute it in place of regular vegetable oil in recipes and marinades for a new flavor.

2 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup paprika

Place the paprika in a large metal bowl. Heat oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat until hot, about 10 minutes. When the oil is hot, remove the pan from the stove and (carefully so you don’t splash and burn yourself) pour the oil all at once over the paprika. Allow the oil to sit until cooled to room temperature. The paprika for the most part will have become an almost solid lump on the bottom resembling heavy wet sand or coffee grounds, allowing you to pour off the oil into a separate container. It will also be a very appealing shade of red. This is a very quick way to get a flavored oil that you would normally pay extra for in a supermarket or specialty food store. It also makes a great gift for that special home cook in your life. You can also experiment with different spices if you have a particular favorite, although I highly discourage using any herbs, as they can burn when the hot oil is poured on them changing their flavor, and you would have to strain the oil afterwards.