5 Side Dishes to Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner With

(Photo: Kevin Kepple)

(Photo: Kevin Kepple)

Five recipes from the Culinary Institute of America

Across America, families will gather around dining room tables they rarely use. Out will come the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes and gravy, the cranberry sauce and the pumpkin pies — all the traditional foods we imagine the Pilgrims feasted upon nearly 400 years ago.

But this is the 21st century. Maybe it’s time to break from tradition, even just a little bit. You can still keep the Thanksgiving foods you love (let the belt-loosening commence), but you can also impress your guests with a dish that adds new flavors to the occasion.

Here we present five new side dishes perfect for passing around the Thanksgiving table, courtesy of The Culinary Institute of America. Enjoy!

Recipe: Mixed grain pilaf

Recipe: Spoon bread with cranberries

Recipe: Sweet potato apple gratin

Recipe: Roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash

Recipe: Roasted curried whole cauliflower

SOURCE: USA Today / The Culinary Institute of America