Merguez Dog With Zucchini-Mint Slaw

May 16, 2012 2:01 pm

We invented a Moroccan hot dog recipe. Awesome.

cooking with sausage
Photo: Mark Shaw
Spicy sausage recipes demand a light, fresh component (and healthy zucchini makes a great slaw).

Everywhere I went in Morocco, I was guaranteed three things: merguez, zucchini and couscous. And believe me, I tried really hard to incorporate couscous into this sausage recipe, but it simply didn't take. Instead, julienned zucchini and chopped fresh mint make a crisp, refreshing topping to cut through spicy lamb sausage. The result is so much more than your average backyard hot dog.

Feel like spicing up the slaw? Add a dollop of harissa, the insanely spicy Moroccan condiment made up of every kind of chili they can get their hands on, ground into a coarse paste. 

Servings: 4


For the zucchini-mint slaw
2 small zucchini, very thinly julienned
1 cup mint, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, minced
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
juice and zest of one lemon
Harissa, to taste (optional)
For the merguez
4 links Merguez or other lamb sausage
4 large hot dog buns

For the zucchini-mint slaw: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made several hours in advance, but is best the same day.

For the merguez:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high and grill merguez with the lid closed until fully cooked and slightly charred.
  2. Toast buns lightly on grill, then remove, add merguez and top with zucchini-mint slaw. 
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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