merguez a sausage of N. Africa, especially Tunisia and Algeria, which is made from beef to comply with Islamic dietary law. They are heavily spiced with harissa, which gives them their characteristic hot flavour and red colour. They are eaten grilled and are often one of the ingredients of or accompaniments to couscous. Merguez have been adopted by the French, who eat them as a snack or with couscous.
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