This is not one of those “super foods” I’ve spoken of before like pomegranates, quinoa, blueberries, or salmon. This is a super wonderful new food I recently discovered … a new ingredient. A difficult thing to do nowadays… find something new that most people honestly don’t know about. My discovery is nduja (en-doo-ya), a soft, spicy and spreadable salame (salami). Have you heard of it? Have you ever even heard of a spreadable salame before? I know, me neither! Nduja originated in Calabia, Italy. It is the perfect blend of spicy, tangy, and smoky. A little goes a good long way. Just a couple tablespoons are enough to enliven a whole pan of sauce. In Southern Italy, they spread it on grilled bread, on pizza, in pasta, or just on a cracker. This is seriously good stuff!
You can find it online at Boccalone, a super cool artisan salumi business located in Oakland, California. Just how cool are they? Their tagline is “Tasty Salted Pig Parts” … that’s pretty cool. Two 8-ounce chubs of Nduja costs $24. That pound will go a long way to make some amazing dishes! Here’s one recipe to get you started. Brilliant daughter, Marissa, suggested using the filling as a bruschetta topping next time – super idea – will do! And just in case you missed it, the words of the day are “super” and “cool”!
July 29, 2010 No Comments