One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spicy beef and lamb sausage coloured with red peppers, originally made in parts of North Africa.
- ‘The meat is mostly lamb skewers, lamb chops and merguez, those typical spicy sausages, but also chicken, although this may have been introduced to please Western palates.’
- ‘I highly recommend the merguez, a quartet of delicious grilled sausages, not too greasy and properly seasoned with just the right amount of cumin.’
- ‘Six Senegalese porters lived in the single room below us, holding cheerful merguez barbecues with the window closed in case the landlord caught them.’
- ‘The couscous plate is a hill of semoule with carrots, chickpeas, a potato, two merguez and savoury broth.’
- ‘You need good potatoes and, for the sausage, an all-meat Cumberland works well, but you can use whatever you like: merguez, lamb, pork, or a mix of your favourites.’
- ‘The merguez was the real thing, a whole different sausage than the bright red links so rampant at supermarkets.’
- ‘The staple food is couscous, with lamb and merguez sausage, or chicken or fish, plus an ample provision of vegetables and a hot chilli sauce as the standard accompaniment.’
- ‘If you have ever made the mistake of eating merguez in a French motorway cafeteria you will know how horrible the commercial kind can be: gristly, fatty, staggeringly salty.’
- ‘You can tuck in to moules frites or merguez, a spicy Spanish sausage, and chips.’
- ‘The Méditerranéen couscous plate was equivalent to its vegetarian cousin, with the addition of a chicken brochette, lamb brochette and a merguez sausage.’
- ‘The lamb is flavored like merguez sausage, the bread thin and tender.’
- ‘A cream cheese and salmon version is also available, as well as a merguez sandwich.’
- ‘A few obvious substitutions you could make would be merguez sausages for the chorizo or tuna for the cod.’
- ‘Options range from beef, ostrich and chicken patties, to combos like boar and Brie, beef and merguez, or venison and goat cheese.’
- ‘My rack of lamb was remarkable only for the delicious merguez sausage accompanying it.’
- ‘There are also lots of sausage stands, grilling either spicy North African merguez or obscenely shaped torpedoes that suggest the region's donkeys are probably braying in falsetto.’
- ‘The food, though inexpensive, is delicious: aromatic tagines, spicy merguez, sweet pastilla.’
- ‘The merguez also add a warming spicy kick to this simple stew.’
- ‘Pretty much anywhere you go in Paris, you'll find a restaurant (or just a counter behind a storefront) where you can pick up a merguez sausage sandwich.’
- ‘The Brochette Coconut is for the undecided carnivore - chicken, pork, beef and a merguez sausage all skewered up and grilled to perfection.’
French, from Arabic mirkās, mirqās.
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