'Nduja ready for eating
'Nduja with bread, piece of sausage in background

'Nduja (Calabrian: [nˈduːja]) is a particularly spicy, spreadable pork from Italy. It is very similar to sobrassada from the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is typically made with parts of the pig such as the shoulder and belly, as well as tripe, roasted peppers and a mixture of spices.[which?] It is a Calabrese variation of salumi,[1] loosely based on the French andouille introduced in the 13th century by the Angevins.

'Nduja is made using meat from the head (minus the jowls, which are used for guanciale), trimmings from various meat cuts, some clean skin, fatback, and roasted hot red peppers which give 'nduja its characteristic fiery taste.[2] 'Nduja originates from the small southern Calabrese town of Spilinga[3] and its neighborhood. It is mainly served with slices of bread or with ripe cheese. Its unique taste makes it suitable for a variety of dishes.[4] For example, it can be added to pasta sauces.

'Nduja's popularity boomed around 2015–2016 in the US and the UK, and it was featured in dishes at restaurants including New York City's Spotted Pig and London's Temple and Sons.[5][6][7][8]

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  1. ^ Ruhlman, Michael; Polcyn, Brian (27 August 2012), Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing, W. W. Norton & Company, pp. 157–158, ISBN 978-0-393-06859-7
  2. ^ "The New Bacon: Pancetta, Guanciale and More", San Jose Mercury News, 2011-03-15
  3. ^ "'Nduja Festival of Spilinga 2018". Nduja.org. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  4. ^ Prince, Rose (2011-09-14). "The many uses of 'nduja". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  5. ^ "Why 2016 was the year of the 'nduja sausage". The Independent. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  6. ^ University, Spoon. "A spread called Nduja is suddenly popular in the US — here's how to eat it". Business Insider. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  7. ^ "The Italian sensation sweeping the nation – 'Nduja – Cannon & Cannon". Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  8. ^ Vines, Richard (13 December 2016). "What Is Nduja and Why Is It Suddenly on Every Menu?". www.bloomberg.com.

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