Merguez is a red, spicy mutton
-based fresh sausage in North African cuisine. It is also popular in the Middle East, and Europe, having become particularly popular in France by the closing decades of the twentieth century.
Merguez is a fresh sausage made with lamb, beef, or a mixture stuffed into a lamb-intestine casing. It is heavily spiced with cumin
and chili pepper
or Harissa, which gives it its characteristic piquancy and red color, as well as other spices such as sumac
, and garlic
Merguez is usually eaten grilled or with couscous
. Dried merguez is used to add flavor to tagines. It is also eaten in sandwiches and with french fries.