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All About Nduja: Spreadable Salame
Taste Test: Nduja, Boccalone's Spreadable Salame

I've long been a fan of local talent Chris Cosentino and his offal-inspired Italian restaurant, Incanto. So when news, well, spread last month that Cosentino's salumeria Boccalone Artisan Meats was debuting the first spreadable salame — Nduja, as it's called — to be produced in the States, I knew I had to get my hands on some right away. Did the salumi live up to all its wonderment? Find out when you

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Nduja is nothing new — in fact, it's one of the better-known specialties that comes from the southernmost Italian region of Calabria. Pronounced "en-doo-ya," this delicacy takes its name from the French word andouille, which means "sausage." Made of pork meat, pork fat, salt, and copious amounts of red pepper, nduja is extremely spicy — and, for that reason, considered by many to be an aphrodisiac.

I picked up some spreadable salame at the Boccalone boutique in the Ferry Building Marketplace, but the Oakland-based company also carries most of its products online, including the nduja ($24 for two sausages). Despite my penchant for all things spicy, the nduja, which had a texture slightly firmer than that of liverwurst, was shockingly fiery on the tongue. In addition to possessing the vibrant flavor of Calabrian chili peppers, the burnt-orange-hued meat spread also had a robust porkiness and a hint of aromatic bitterness from the addition of orange rind. The high fat content made for a creamy, smooth texture that was a great foil to crispy water crackers or toasted, grilled bread.

Given all its press, I wondered if nduja would be merely a novelty, but a taste test proved me wrong. With its piquant, highly seasoned flavor, this spreadable delight isn't for everybody, but for those who appreciate spice, it's a worthwhile endeavor. Does spreadable salame sound like something you would try?

Comments
AmberHoney
AmberHoney
OMGoodness - I've never heard of this and I'm definitely gonna eat it.
nancita
nancita
I have never heard of such a thing but it sounds incredible!
Food
Food
Zulkey, nduja is actually pretty dense, too — much more so than liverwurst or paté.
Zulkey
Zulkey
sounds intriguing but I have to admit that dense texture is half the reason I love salami.
CoconutPie
CoconutPie
It sounds really good!
Spectra
Spectra
I don't like regular salami and I don't like spreadable meat-spread stuff like liverwurst or pate, so I'd probably skip this stuff. My husband might really like it though.
doogirl
doogirl
I'd totally try it, but the idea of spreadable salame is kinda weird!
PartySister
PartySister
Ok, I know I just said I was vegetarian, but this was SO amazing!!!!! Perfect with grilled provolone
partysugar
partysugar
This is so good!
sexylibrarian
sexylibrarian
Sounds delicious!
Smacks83
Smacks83
Yep yep yep!
smaine07
smaine07
Nope..looks kinda gross to me.. I am very picky though. lol
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