Strictly speaking, you don’t need a spice mix for making Merguez sausages, you can just add a little bit of this and a little bit of that when making the sausages themselves. But I love having the Merguez Sausage Mix at hand because it is so much easier when making the sausages and I also love adding the mix to a variety of other dishes too, like pasta sauces and omelettes.
I give a monthly class that’s based on spice mixes from around the world and this is one of the spices that I show my students how to make, alongside Za’atar, Garam Masala, Advieh and Berbere. It is the most aromatic of our classes, unsurprisingly, and always a huge hit with students who are constantly amazed with how easy many of these spices mixes are to make at home. I love showing folks how not to emancipate folks from the shop bought camp!
Merguez Spice Mix