Nduja (Italian spreadable salami from Spilinga) is available at Borough MarketPosted by Fiona Nevile in Discoveries, Snacks Breakfast Lunch | 7 comments
I had never heard of spreadable salami until I visited Borough Market in London last weekend. This is an Italian speciality originating from Spilinga, a village in the Calabria region in the toe of Italy. Nduja is a bit of a firecracker. I was given the teeniest sample on the end of a hefty kitchen knife. It was tasty and after a few seconds there was a small explosion of fiery chilli heat. My mind raced, this could be used in sandwiches, pasta sauces, on pizzas and under toasted cheese. I love salami and I love chilli. I was in heaven.
We bought a slab to take home and on Monday I decided to make rolls for lunch (French artisan crusty rolls bought cheap at the end of the day from Waitrose on Sunday). Luckily I sampled a bit before I spread it lavishly on our rolls. Half a teaspoonful nearly blew my head off. Having cleared my head of ten years of cobwebs I had a brain wave.
I slit the roll open. Dressing the bottom half only, I spread the left-hand side with a thin film of Nduja and the other side with a lovely soft pesto alla Genovese that we had bought from another stall at the market. Then I added a layer of thinly sliced goat's cheddar and topped this with a handful of watercress. The result was great; taking bites from one end and then the other in turn. A fiery mouthful followed by a smooth cool pesto infused one. For the first time in my life I had made an exciting sandwich.
Nduja is created from mixing ground pork with salt and lots of calabrian chili pepper. The mixture is encased in animal intestine, lightly smoked and seasoned for a few months. It is claimed that Nduja is good for the heart and is an aphrodisiac.
Giuseppe Mele's stall, De Calabria, specialises in Calabrian produce. He sells Nduja for £20 a kilo (at time of writing). It's in the Green Market section of Borough Market
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