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Merguez Sausage with Harissa Sauce

D'Artagnan | Yield: 5
Lamb merguez sausage, the spicy sausage from North Africa, is a popular street food in France, where vendors grill the links until crisp and lightly charred and serve them with mustard. We also like them with this cooling yogurt dip spiked with harissa, the smoky Tunisian chile sauce.
Recipe for Merguez Sausage with Harissa

Ingredients

  • 1 package Lamb Merguez Sausage 
  • ½ cup labne or Greek yogurt 
  • 2 teaspoons harissa 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper 
  • ½ teaspoon chopped flat-leaf parsley, optional  
  • For Serving: Diced pickled turnips, pita bread or baguette 

Preparation

  1. Heat a grill or cast-iron skillet over high heat. Cook the merguez until they are charred and crispy, rotating frequently. Remove the merguez from the heat and rest.
  2. Meanwhile make the sauce: stir the yogurt with half of the harissa then add the lemon juice and honey and season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Adjust the seasoning as necessary with the remaining harissa, or any additional lemon juice and honey, to reach desired spiciness. The sauce should have some bite. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  4. Slice the pitas in half and slather the inside with the harissa-yogurt mixture. Place one lamb merguez sausage in each pita half. Alternatively, slice the baguette in half like a hot dog bun for holding the sausage. Sprinkle with pickled turnip slices and serve.