Summer brings long evenings and the perfect excuse to invite friends and neighbors over for appetizers and drinks. I always like to serve at least one protein to my guests, preferably something hot, and a few dishes made with the summer’s bounty of fresh vegetables. The best appetizers are one or two bites and easy to manage on a plate while sipping a refreshing beverage.
These Merguez sausage bites offer a flavor packed bite that hits important notes on your palate–acid, sweet, and salt. The Merguez sausage is a unique sausage made from 100% lamb. The spice mixture takes you to Northern Africa with the warming flavors of cumin, cinnamon, and red pepper. The inspiration for this appetizer is a play on the traditional Moroccan tagine which often includes apricots and harissa. The yogurt in the dip helps calm down the spicy Moroccan sauce, but for your guests that like it spicy, you can serve this dish with a side of harissa in addition to the yogurt dip.
Merguez, with it’s globally inspired blend of spices is a great ingredient to experiment with in your kitchen. Food has a way of transporting us around the globe without leaving home. Your kitchen might be the best place to start “traveling!”