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For many people across North Africa, tagine is the quintessential comfort food. We tested out this merguez version at a recent Food Republic Test Kitchen to much satisfaction.

As you may know, we are big fans of merguez, a spicy Middle Eastern lamb sausage, so a merguez tagine was naturally a big hit at our last test kitchen.

For many people across North Africa, tagine is the quintessential comfort food, cooked in a vessel also called a tagine. You can use a Dutch oven or other heavy pot if you don't have a tagine. This dish can include any number of ingredients — feel free to use fish instead of meat — and can easily be made vegetarian. Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients; I usually go with whatever meat and vegetables I have on hand and that's what this dish is about. Simply toss the ingredients in a pot with the archetypal Moroccan spices: cinnamon, turmeric and cumin, allow to simmer in stock and serve over hot, fluffy couscous.