Last week at the Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market I bought something new and tantalizing: merguez sausage. I’d never heard of it so I asked the vendor at the Groft’s Content Farm booth what it was.
He said, “It’s a spicy lamb sausage, reminds me of chorizo.” Sounded good to me!
I’ve since done a little reading and learned that merguez is a North African sausage made of lamb and sometimes a lamb/beef combination. Typical seasonings include sumac, cayenne, paprika and harissa. I also found a host of recipes to try that sound fantastic, from merguez with collards and couscous to merguez baguette sandwiches. I made merguez sausage with eggs and refried back beans one morning, and another morning I made black bean and merguez tacos on soft corn tortillas with salsa and tangy chopped purslane. I also want to try it broiled and sliced thin as a substitute for pepperoni on homemade pizza.
Check your local markets for this delicious sausage. I’ll add better photos and recipes to the recipe section as I make more scrumptious dishes.