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

'Nduja (Calabrian: [nˈduːja]) is a spicy, spreadable pork sausage from the region of Calabria in Southern Italy. It is similar to sobrassada from the Balearic Islands in Spain, and is loosely based on the French andouille. It is Calabria's contribution to the many types of Italian salumi,[1] and originates from the area around the small Calabrian town of Spilinga.[2]

'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 Calabrian chilli peppers, which give 'nduja its characteristic fiery taste. These are all minced together, then stuffed in large sausage casings and smoked, creating a soft large sausage, from where the spicy mixture later is scooped out as needed.[3] 'Nduja 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. It is sold in jars or as thick slices from the soft 'nduja sausage. In past 'nduja was a mix of remnants of meat, eaten by poor people in Southern Italy.

'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. ^ "'Nduja Festival of Spilinga 2018". Nduja.org. Archived from the original on 2018-09-02. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  3. ^ "The New Bacon: Pancetta, Guanciale and More", San Jose Mercury News, 2011-03-15
  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. Archived from the original on 2022-05-01. 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". Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. 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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