This is my go-to Brussels sprouts recipe. The Brussels sprouts are roasted until tender, and combined with other ingredients to give them smoky, meaty, sweet, and tangy flavors all in one bite.

Fully loaded Brussels sprouts. THIS, my friends, is the Brussels sprouts recipe to end all other Brussels sprouts recipes. Repin to save!

Unsure about Brussels sprouts? Get ready. This is the recipe that may change your mind.

I consider this Brussels sprouts recipe fully loaded because it combines all sorts of flavors in the most perfect way:

  • Sweetness from the dates and apples
  • Crunchiness from the Brussels sprouts
  • Meatiness and smokiness from the sausage
  • A burst of flavor from the Balsamic glaze

Technically, this recipe could be called “Brussels sprouts with chicken sausage, dates, apples, and a Balsamic glaze”. But that’s a mouthful I’d rather save for the actual food. 

I adapted this recipe on Ari’s Menu, giving it a cheap recipe makeover. I used one apple chicken sausage link from a package of five from Trader Joe’s, an apple that I picked from a neighbor’s tree (with permission!) and budget-friendly Balsamic vinegar that tastes like the real good stuff.

What happens when you mix Brussels sprouts with apples, sausage, and balsamic vinegar? Find out! Click through for recipe.

The Cost: $3.39

  • Brussels sprouts = $1.50 (I bought an entire stalk of Brussels sprouts for $2.99 at Trader Joe’s. I used half for this recipe.)
  • Apple = Free, from a friend’s tree
  • Chicken sausage = $.79
  • Dates (4) = $.35
  • Balsamic vinegar = $.75 (I cheated and used Trader Joe’s “fake” Balsamic vinegar that tastes like Balsamic but actually isn’t. It’s much cheaper, and most people can’t tell the difference. It’s made out of wine vinegar and concentrated grape must.)

Total cost for four servings: $3.39

Whether you’re making this for a Thanksgiving side dish or a hearty meal all for yourself, you’re not going to spend a lot of money. And if $3.39 is all it’s going to take to make you a Brussels sprouts fan, so be it!

Fully loaded Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts with a bunch of extra ingredients to make them extra delicious! Click through for recipe.

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Fully loaded Brussels sprouts, a recipe from Cheap Recipe Blog

Fully Loaded Brussels Sprouts

Yield: 4 to 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Save any leftover Balsamic glaze to drizzle on top of salmon, salad, crostini, roasted vegetables, or pizza. Whatever you do, don't throw this delicious sauce away!



  1. To par cook Brussels sprouts: Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts, flat side down (but avoid adding any leaves that have fallen off) and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden brown. Add sausage and apple and cook for a minute or so. Finally, add dates and any leftover Brussels sprout leaves. Cook for another minute or two, until heated through. Serve warm with Balsamic glaze on the side.

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