If you love spicy food but you haven’t been cooking with this flavour bomb, you’ve been missing out. Here’s how to add this Italian sausage to your dishes…
What is ‘nduja?
- ‘Nduja (pronounced “en-doo-yah”) is a soft, spicy pork sausage from Calabria, a region
in the south of Italy. It’s made from pork, fat, herbs, spices and roasted local chillies, which give the sausage its fiery flavour and dark red colour. It doesn’t require cooking and is often spread on toast, mixed into sauces and stews to add flavour, and used as a pizza topping.
Why am I seeing it everywhere?
- ‘Nduja suddenly became trendy in late 2016, and demand hasn’t ceased since! You’ll often see it used as a topping on Neapolitan-style pizzas or incorporated into pasta or seafood dishes.
What does it taste like?
- ‘Nduja combines mouthwatering porkiness with a decent kick of chilli heat.
How do I use ‘nduja?
- ‘Nduja doesn’t need to be cooked, and is often spread on bruschetta and served with cheese. It’s delicious as a simple topping for toast.
- It’s also great for cooking, however, as it can be melted into sauces, stirred through pasta or scattered over pizza.
- Try adding it to a white wine and garlic sauce for mussels, using it to make spicy stir-fried cabbage, mixing with cream cheese and stuffing it into chicken fillets, stirring it into scrambeld eggs, melting into tomato sauces for a spicy pasta dish,or baking it into breads, scones or muffins.
- We highly recommend you combine it with Mozzarella to make a cheese toastie, too – you can thank us later!
What other foods does it pair well with?
‘Nduja matches well with:
- White fish
- Prawns, mussels and scallops
- Tomato sauces