Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Shallots (and apple sausage)

Think you don’t like Brussels Sprouts? Try this recipe…….

I made this using 365 sausage since it was on sale, however, the first time I made this I used Applegate Farms Apple sausage.  It turned out fantastic! Kids couldn’t get enough of it. Yes! My kids liked brussels sprouts!!

 

 

 

1 pound Brussels sprouts
2 large shallots, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings
2 medium crisp, firm apples (such as Gala, Honeycrisp or Braeburn), cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/2 cup water, divided
1/4 cup cider vinegar, divided
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 package Sausage such as Applegate Farms Apple sausage

Method

Rinse Brussels sprouts well and pull off any loose or yellowing leaves. Trim the stem ends and then quarter each sprout. Set aside.

Heat a large high-sided sauté pan over high heat. Add sausage to the very hot pan and cook, stirring constantly until cooked through, then add the shallots.  Saute for 2 minutes. Add apples and 1/4 cup water, scraping any brown bits from the bottom as the water sizzles. Cook until the liquid reduces by half, about 2 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts, remaining 1/4 cup water (no need for water if using frozen brussels sprouts), 2 tablespoons vinegar, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer until the sprouts and apples are tender enough to be pierced all the way through with a fork, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Uncover, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar and the leaves pulled from sprigs of thyme. Scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan as liquid sizzles and reduces until nearly gone. Transfer to a serving bowl with any of the remaining liquid and serve immediately.

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