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!