‘Nduja Pizza

Behold the power of spicy homemade pizza.

What is ‘Nduja?

Internet tells me that it is a spicy, spreadable pork sausage from Italy and that it is pronounced EN-DOO-YA. All I know is that it’s the most perfect spicy sausage spread that I have ever eaten and I’ll never look at pizza the same way again. The first time I ate ‘nduja on a pizza was in a restaurant in Paris and I was instantly in love. It was the perfect amount of spicy that I needed to give the right kick to my pizza and y’all know how much I love spicy food. At some point in my life, I did carry tiny tabasco bottles in my handbag. Very Mindy Kaling, I know. Anyway, here’s what ‘nduja looks like. I got it from a Italian “traiteur” (French for “deli”) and it’s red fiery packed sausage paste in A LOT of oil.

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‘Nduja Baby

Enough about that for now. Here are the toppings:

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Shallots, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, emmental cheese (or any other cheese of your choice), mozzarella, fresh basil and ‘nduja

Roll out the pizza dough. I got one from the store cause ain’t nobody got time for dat – ok, maybe only on weekends… Lay it all out in this order: tomato sauce (made from cooked cherry tomatoes or from the store), emmental cheese, shallots, mozzarella and mushrooms.

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Don’t put the basil and ‘nduja right yet. Put it in a preheated oven at 180 C for 45 – 50 minutes.

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As soon as it’s cooked, take it out of the oven and add some ‘nduja on top as below. Stick it back under the broiler for about 3-4 mins. The spicy oil from the ‘nduja will coat the pizza and your kitchen will start smelling like heaven.

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Delicious ‘nduja pizza mugshot

Take out the pizza, sprinkle on some fresh basil and stuff it in your mouth. You can thank me later!

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Enjoy!

For more ‘nduja recipes, see here.

You will need:
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  • 1 store-bought pizza dough (or make your own)
  • 1/2 jar tomato sauce or homemade reduced cherry tomato sauce
  • 4 mushrooms, slices
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 Mozzarella ball
  • Emmental cheese
  • 2 tsp ‘Nduja
  • Fresh basil

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180C.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough.
  3. Lay it all out in this order: tomato sauce, emmental cheese, shallots, mozzarella and mushrooms.
  4. Put the pizza to cook in the preheated oven at 180 C for 45 – 50 minutes.
  5. As soon as it’s cooked, take it out of the oven and add some ‘nduja on top as below.
  6. Stick it back under the broiler for about 3-4 mins until the oil separates and coats the pizza.
  7. Sprinkle some fresh basil and enjoy!

 

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