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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sweet and Savory Sausage Stir Fry

Do you appreciate the alliteration that went into that recipe title? I know I do.

Seriously, though, this was one tasty meal! I have professed my love for brussels sprouts in the past and I love coming up with new combinations of flavors to mix them up with. This dish went sweet and savory with sausage, thyme, sage and dried cherries.  I like to heat the brussels in the microwave for a couple of minutes before stir frying them to speed up the cooking process a bit.

It's Derby week around here so my evenings have been spent at parades and concerts (loved Ha Ha Tonka and Walk the Moon) with friends, not in the kitchen! This was a dish I could throw together quickly and that I typically have all of the ingredients for on-hand.

Happy Derby - Go Baby Go!

Sweet and Savory Sausage Stir Fry
Serves 3-4 (unless you are feeding an Ironman-In-Training. If that is the case, don't expect it to feed more than two people)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

3 cups brussels sprouts

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced

1/2 lb ground sausage

1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped

1 cup cabbage

1 tsp sage

1 tsp thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Place brussels sprouts in microwave-safe dish. Add about 1-inch of water.

Cover dish with plastic wrap and poke holes in the plastic with a fork to vent.

Microwave for 2 minutes. Allow to cool.

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat

When brussels sprouts have cooled enough to handle, cut into quarters and discard the loose outer leaves

Add olive oil to pan. Once oil is hot, add sliced onions and brussels sprouts.

When onions have softened, about 3 minutes, add ground sausage and all spices to pan.

Stir fry over medium heat until meat is cooked through, 6-8 minutes.

When meat is done, add cabbage and dried cherries. Cook for 2-3 minutes until cabbage has softened.

Serve it up!


  1. I like this! I love the use of brussels in a stir fry. I am about to start a themed menu on my blog for an entire week of fun paleo-approved stir-fries...maybe I will try this one!

    1. Let me know if you do! I love mixing it up and doing non-Asian stir fries every once in a while. The leftovers would be great for breakfast, too!

    2. I will definitely let you know if I make it. I am putting my weekly menu to a vote on my facebook page right now -- it's a tie between stir-fries and meal-deal salads, so we shall see! Brussels spouts are great at breakfast...I like to saute them with bacon and then top the mix with two fried eggs. Heaven.

  2. This has made it into our regular rotation. Thanks so much for posting! I also added a little kale in with the cabbage.

    1. Yum, I love kale! But not as much as I love cabbage. My husband gives me funny looks because I put cabbage on pretty much everything now. :) So glad you liked it!

  3. One of the easiest and tasty stir fry that I've made! This recipe is just a perfect comfort food for me and my family! I would really cook this again next week for our dinner. Thank you for sharing!

    Easy Stir Fry