In the past few years I have raved about a wonderful product made from Hungarian red bell peppers called Paprika Creme. I have also complained about not being able to find this product online. It’s typically a hit-and-miss situation on Amazon.
Then lo and behold, I experienced a Christmas miracle of the culinary kind. I was contacted in early December by a representative of Univer, the brand of paprika creme that I was originally introduced to by my Hungarian girlfriend!
His name is Gabriel Bicking, and he’s Univer’s technology director. Not only that, but he oversees a website called – For the Love of Paprika where all of the Univer products can be purchased! Univer sells much more than paprika creme.
His email to me was kind, because he knew that it had been challenging for me to find this fabulous paprika product. So not only did I discover the website thanks to him, I was sent four products.
There is also a bblog, where Mr. Bicking shared my most recent paprika creme-related post, paprika-smothered pork tenderloin, plus you can sign up to receive free recipes utilizing the Univer products.
For purchase, there’s an ebook entitled “For the Love of Paprika” by John Czingula, which is in PDF format. It’s 239 pages, and includes everything from appetizers to meat to sauces, incorporating Hungarian paprika.
I was quite intrigued by the cookbook, and decided to use paprika creme in bacon-wrapped scallops – a recipe that just jumped out at me. It sounded so delicious!
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Paprika Creme
Recipe from “For the Love of Paprika”
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 slices bacon, sliced in half crosswise
Univer Red Gold paprika creme, mild, about 2 tablespoons
First rinse the scallops and drain them in a colander.
Then place them on paper towels to dry completely.
Heat the butter in a large skillet over high heat. It’s okay if the butter browns, but if it burns, turn down the heat slightly.
Add about four scallops at a time, and brown them on one side for about 3 minutes.
The timing of course depends on the size of the scallops.
Turn them over and brown the other side.
Remove them to a plate and continue browning the scallops.
If the scallops are too greasy, you can always place them on paper towels to dry.
Cook the 16 slices of bacon until slightly browned, yet still pliable. Remove to paper towels to drain.
Place some paprika creme in a small bowl. I chose the “delikat,” or mild paprika creme. Use a small brush to coat one side of the scallops generously.
While the bacon is still warm, place a piece on a cutting board and place a scallop on top, with the paprika creme on the top. Cover the scallop with both ends of the bacon and use a toothpick to secure the scallop in place. You can always use two at first; once the bacon has “molded” to the scallop you can remove the second toothpick.
Continue until all 16 scallops have been wrapped.
The combination of the bacon and paprika creme is incredible, but adding the sweet scallop to the mix puts this appetizer over the top!
And so I continue to rave about paprika creme. And now I have a source for it! Plus, I can’t wait to try the other Univer products.
Univer suggests using paprika creme in the following:
• Add a spicy boost to stews, soups
• Glaze a sizzling steak or chop
• Mix into ground meats
• Add to marinades
• Sauté onions and vegetables
• Create wonderful dips
• Mix into salsa
• Add to ranch dressing
• Lightly brush onto hot grilled pineapple
• Add to oil or butter when sautéing any vegetable
• Glaze sizzling meats
• Create delicious dips
• Mix into ground meats
• Lightly toss with cooked pasta before dressing with sauce
• Add a little to boiling water when cooking hot dogs
• Stir into hot fluffy rice, or add to water when preparing
• Add a little to scrambled eggs
Bacon, Scallops and Paprika: sounds like the perfect combination!! Love these little bites, so perfect for entertaining!
They were so so good!
When we lived in New England, bacon wrapped scallops were a very popular appetizer but adding paprika creme takes them to a new level.
Definitely! It adds a whole different dimension!
Just wanted to stop in and wish you all the best in this new year.
What a great Christmas present! I would eat this entire plate up in one sitting, they look so mouth watering!
I kind of did. Should have made more!
They look adorable! And although the labels are in German, I’ve never heard of the product before. What a shame, going by what you’ve made with it I wonder where I spent all my life …
That’s why it helps to have friends of different nationalities! I only got turned on to this stuff about 3 years ago.
How luck you are! I’ll definitely have to look it up :-)
Love this twist on this starter. It’s dangerous to put this in front of me. I probably wouldn’t share very well! :)
Hahahahahaha!!! Happy New Year!
Oh my gosh this sounds so good. I love scallops! I agree with the commenter above, I would probably eat it all! Happy New Year!
I kind of ate a lot of them, but my husband doesn’t love scallops. So I had to keep testing them, right?!!
I love bacon-wrapped scallops! I serve them with very simple pasta dishes. Mmm. Just looking at these pictures is making me hungry!
I’ll take that as a compliment! Try the paprika Creme if you can find some.
A Christmas miracle indeed!
Thank you! Happy New Year!
What a cool post, Mimi! And getting those four products from his company, I am sure you had a huge smile when you opened the package! Very VERY nice!
loved the combination of scallops with the paprika cream….
Hope your 2016 is going well!
Thank you! I seriously don’t know how you work so much yet post so often!!! I hope to start posting more, but that beautiful grandbaby of mine has a higher priority!!! Happy New year!
Mimi – your scallops look divine and they made my mouth water. Gorgeous. And lucky you getting the culinary treats in the mail. All the very very best for 2016!
These look superb, great for little canapés to impress some of my guests. Thanks for sharing and all the best for 2016.
Perfect! Love the name of your blog! Happy New Year.
Oh, how yummy! Never even thought this could be a combination that would work, but I am not opposed to this!
If you could taste the paprika Creme, you would totally get it!!! Just imagine puréed roasted red bell peppers (although Hungarian peppers!).
What a lovely combo, we make bacon wrapped scallops but I’ve never thought to add the paprika paste to it. We have a couple of delis that carry Hungarian products and I usually get the Piros Arany which is also a Unilever product. It’s a tube of paprika paste and I use it to flavour a multitude of things, I love both the csipós (hot) and the csemege (mild), they are a staple in my kitchen. It’s also nice to see that it is certified as Hungarian grown, apparently there is counterfeit paprika (like the Italians with the olive oil). Whenever my family comes to visit (or I visit family) they always give am a lot of the csipos (hot) which I don’t use all that much because it is so spicy, so I usually have two tubes of csipós and I run out of the csemege!
I often make a goat cheese spread with the Piros Arany Paprika (it resembles korozot), sometimes with chopped green onions or even garlic. Always a sprinkle of authentic Hungarian Paprika on top. My Csirke Paprikás is a favourite among family and friends because I add Priros Arany!
This is so interesting! Today I’m making short ribs and using some of my paprika Creme! I just love it!
We love reading these comments and seeing all of the awesome Chef Mimi makes with Univer products and paprika creams. Keep it coming and we’ll keep our forks ready! -Gabriel
Hi Mimi, I thought I’d let you know that when you comment on my blog, I click on the link provided to bring me to your blog. However, the URL isn’t correct and I have to look up your blog via google. I just thought I’d let you know in case you were not aware there’s an issue. I do love the look of this appetiser and I’d love to try a jar of that paprika cream. Scallops and bacon work so well together xx
I can fix the problem by subscribing – I’ll do that now! xx
Thank you Charlie! I just caught this comment of yours. I have trouble on some people’s comment area, even when I am subscribed. Just not a perfect system!
Love your version of preparing bacon, Mimi! I am definitely trying this for the weekend!