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Merguez (/mɛərˈɡɛz/, from Arabic: مرقاز‎, also مركاس, مرقاس, مرقاص) is a red, spicy mutton- or beef-based fresh sausage in Maghrebi cuisine. Since the late twentieth century, it has been popular in France and England due to the large Algerian Populations.

This North African Merguez is  made with uncooked lamb, beef, or a mixture stuffed into a lamb-intestine casing. It is heavily spiced with cumin and chili pepper or harissa, which give it its characteristic piquancy and red color, as well as other spices such as sumac, fennel, and garlic.

Merguez is usually eaten grilled. Dried merguez is used to add flavour to tagines and couscous. It is also eaten in sandwiches and with french fries. Its uniquely flavor is perfect for tucking into sandwiches

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