Just read about the “sausage of the moment” at the NYT: ‘nduja (pronounced en-DOO-ya). It’s a spicy, cured, soft sausage from Calabria likened to “‘flaming liquid salami,’ ‘spicy pork butter’ and, from one heartfelt fan, ‘the spreadable Italian love child of pepperoni and French rillettes.’” Sounds great, but it made me think of a similar sausage we discovered in Malaga called sobrassada. It’s actually native to Majorca, but has spread all over the Spanish coast. It’s also soft and spreadable like ‘nduja, but made with pimentón instead of chiles. They must be related, right? Turns out, the (reportedly) best sobrassada comes from the Soller valley in Majorca, and some of its original inhabitants (15th century) were from Calabria. Since chiles weren’t discovered by the Europeans until they found the New World in the late 15th century, the sausages in their current form couldn’t have existed when the Calabrian colonists arrived in Majorca. However, there is most likely a connection. I love discovering stuff like this.

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