Sandwich de Merguez

While we lived in England one of the most wonderful things was that the over all majority of people whether rich or poor went on holiday/vacation for some time in July or August.

It was wonderful. 

Because we were richly blessed with good friends, we were introduced to some people with a lovely farmhouse we'd rent in a little town called St. Mere Eglise in northern France (about 10 minutes from Omaha Beach). We had an absolutely magical time 2 years in a row, once with dear friends and once on our own.

It was SO easy to explore and spend little to no money, because for us the food and wine was such a rich, culinary experience, (you could eat like a king and never have to go out for a meal!) and the beach was a happy place to take a picnic and bottle of wine and spend the day soaking up the sunshine and watching the children play and get golden.

During the week, different towns would have the local markets and it was fun to go and spend part of the day just walking around and picking up cheese for the evenings meal from the local cheese maker. We also discovered a truck at these markets that had sizzling spicy sausage and french fries on a toasted baguette that was to die for. They call them Sandwich de Marguez and for a few euros, we could all eat to our tummies content. You could add Dijion mustard, or ketchup or nothing at all.

That became our daily ritual, to pack a picnic basket, go to the local market in which ever town was hosting, eat a wonderful Sandwich de Marguez and then go to the closest beach for the rest of the day.
So of course this was a recipe we had to try to recreate here in the States when we moved back, forever hopeful that we may again go back with our boys to our lovely farm house in St Mere Eglise.
Wonderful for a BBQ , it is also easy to feed lots of people with this and it is a wonderful story to tell too!

 1 per person (2 if your my boys)
Feeds 12


24 spicy sausages ( If you are lucky enough to be able to find Merguez sausages then by ALL means do!!)
2 large bags of thin frozen french fries ( about 4 lbs )
24 medium sized baguettes
Dijon Mustard
6 Leeks rinsed and sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
Olive oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

* Put your french fries on a couple baking sheets and bake in a 350 degree oven until golden, immediately sprinkle with a generous amount of sea salt on one tray sea salt and pepper on the other
* Grill your sausages on the BBQ or on the stove top for about 10 minutes or until they are barely pink. Let them rest on the side for another 10 minutes and they will keep cooking and allow the juice to distribute through the sausage
* While sausage is resting, sautee the leeks in a pan with 2 tbs of butter, and olive oil until soft
* Cut the Baguettes so one side stays closed and toast them on the BBQ for a few minutes or do the same in the oven
* Make the sandwich by cutting the sausage in half, long ways if you find it easier to handle and placing it in the baguette, add a generous amount of french fries to the sandwich, sauteed leeks if you want and Dijon and ketchup


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Serving sizes and this sight.....

As many of you have come to realize, I am usually making huge amounts of food and alot of times for more than just my family. However, I would be horrified to think that someone who was living alone, or with only a couple people in their home would feel discouraged about this..
Simply use division for most of these recipes if they are too big. With the exception of baking, which requires a fair amount of science, these recipes can be adjusted and modified with ease! And if you feel stuck, either leave me a comment or email me and I will try to respond to you as soon as I can.
Thanks fellow foodies, hope you eat something yummy today and enjoy the fact that you didn't spend lots of money at a high end restaurant!

Enjoy! I love to hear from you all!

Rebecca Turrigiano


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