‘nduja, goat’s cheese & honey crostini

'Nduja, goat's cheese & honey crostini
‘Nduja, goat’s cheese & honey crostini

The first time I read about ‘nduja, a type of spicy soft salami from Calabria, the ‘toe’ of Italy, I knew that it was something I’d enjoy experimenting with. You can buy it in cured sausage form or in a jar and the texture resembles course pâté. Just a spoonful can instantly liven up all sorts of meals, ranging from pizzas to stews, so it isn’t hard to see why this intensely flavoured crimson spread has been hailed as a wonder-ingredient since its arrival in the UK. Its smokey, fiery flavour works particularly well in tomato-based dishes, and it’s a great match for seafood or cheese.

This recipe is my take on something I recently ordered in a local tapas bar. The tapas plate I tried didn’t include goat’s cheese, but I can’t resist the combination of goat’s cheese, honey and thyme, so I had high hopes for the topping mix on these crostini. The result was spicy, tangy, smokey, sweet, crispy deliciousness. Try this recipe and be prepared to find yourself knocking up an extra batch on the spot with the leftover ingredients.

'Nduja, goat's cheese & honey crostini
‘Nduja, goat’s cheese & honey crostini

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'Nduja, goat's cheese & honey crostini
'Nduja, goat's cheese & honey crostini
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'Nduja, goat's cheese & honey crostini
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 6.
  2. Place the baguette slices on a baking tray and spread the 'nduja thinly on each slice. You'll need about ½-1 tsp per slice, depending on how spicy you want it.
    'Nduja, goat's cheese & honey crostini
  3. Distribute the goat's cheese evenly over the crostini.
  4. Strip the leaves from the thyme springs. Then scatter over the baguette slices.
    'Nduja, goat's cheese & honey crostini
  5. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes until the bread is lightly browned and the goat's cheese is starting to melt.
  6. Drizzle the honey over the crostini. If your honey isn't really runny, place it in a small bowl or cup and heat in the microwave on full power for about 10 seconds immediately beforehand.
Recipe Notes

If you're wondering what to do with any remaining 'nduja, why not whip up these tasty pizzas? Instead of using the suggested toppings, try adding sliced mozzarella, blobs of 'nduja and chopped peppers and onions before baking.

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