5 Delicious Dishes to Up Your Thanksgiving Game

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family, friends, and those you love the most. Year after year, you gather to enjoy the same dishes, maybe even in the same setting. If you are like us, you’re searching for ways to inject new flavors into your Thanksgiving feast. Luckily for you, we’re here to help.

Up Your Thanksgiving Spread with these 5 Dishes from NYT Cooking

Up Your Game This Thanksgiving with These 5 Delicious Dishes

We’ve partnered with New York Times Cooking to bring you a Thanksgiving spread unlike any other—packed in a pre-portioned, easy to follow meal kit. Below, we have compiled dishes that will help you create a modern, elegant, and, of course, delicious holiday feast, sure to impress your Thanksgiving crowd.

1. Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Pan Sauce

Turkey, turkey, and more turkey—that’s all we're accustomed to for Thanksgiving. While it will never be replaced, there are ways you can spice up this dish.

New York Times Cooking has brought a new protein to the table. This 60 minute main is the perfect way to switch up your typical main dish, while adding a touch of elegance to your spread.

Roasted in a fragrant garlic, rosemary, and wine pan sauce, the wonderfully crisp hens make for a truly special Thanksgiving alternative.

Cornish Game Hens

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

Everywhere you look, Brussels sprouts seem to be waiting with open arms. This popular side has been reinvigorated to bring a hearty, flakey creation that caters to any appetite. Fresh sprouts, caramelized and kissed with balsamic vinegar and loads of garlic, will satisfy your day-long hunger, and leave you full of powerful nutrients that your body craves—it’ll keep the vegetarians around the table happy as well.

Brussels Sprouts

3. Kale Salad with Apples & Cheddar

We know what you’re thinking, but you’re mistaken—salads do have a place on the table for Thanksgiving. Well, this salad does.

This crisp kale salad by NYT Cooking is packed with the flavor and crunch you crave after a series of creamy dishes. Sharp cheddar, tart apples, and Marcona almonds lie atop a heap of tender kale, creating a light, refreshing, and vibrant side dish that everyone can enjoy.

 Kale Salad with Apples and Cheddar

4. Brioche Stuffing with Mushrooms and Bacon

Stuffing is another staple Thanksgiving dish that simply can’t be replaced, but it can be updated. This recipe replaces standard loaf bread with rich, eggy brioche. Brioche is soft, light, and intensely buttery, and when mixed with a splash of white wine, fresh crimini and Portobello mushrooms, earthy sage, and, of course, smoky bacon, you get a cloud-like side dish that you’ll want to sink into.

While it might sound a bit complicated, this dish is actually quite simple and easy to whip together. We can almost bet that this hour-and-a-half dish will become an instant family favorite.

Brioche Stuffing

5. Brandied Pumpkin Pie

Nothing finishes off the holiday better than a slice of thick and creamy pumpkin pie topped with a larger than life scoop of whipped cream. The spice of the pumpkin, combined with the light whipped cream, ignites your senses and lets you start off your food-induced coma on a delicious note.

Injecting a bit of brandy into this classic Thanksgiving dessert gives it a new and exciting flavor, without straying too far from the original. Brandy has tremendous depth of flavor. Light fruit and notes of oak enhance the sweetness of the pumpkin spice, while creating a satisfyingly nutty flavor.

Brandied Pumpkin Pie