Ticket to Ride Cookbook

It’s not a successful game night until you have a good group of people, a fun game, some friendly competition, and delicious food. And you can have all of that with the first-ever official Ticket to Ride™ cookbook!

Before you choose your train colors and get giddy with the Destination Tickets you’ve chosen, prepare the most mouth-watering recipes inspired by routes throughout the United States and Canada. Travel from coast to coast while enjoying New York-style pizza paired with San Francisco’s iconic mai tai. Or experience New Orleans’s shrimp po’ boy and top it off with Little Rock’s decadent possum pie.

Wherever you need to go in the game, we’ve got a recipe for you. To celebrate the release of the book, we’re giving you an exclusive look at one of the recipes. Enjoy this yummy Half-Smoke Sausage Bites recipe to serve as an appetizer for your next game night!

Washington, DC’s Half-Smoke Sausage Bites from Ticket to Ride™ – The Official Cookbook

An icon of cuisine in Washington, DC, half-smoke sausages are a regionally unique take on the hot dog. If you don’t have a Destination Ticket that routes you through DC to pick up these spicier, more coarsely ground sausages, you can also substitute any cased, smoked sausage to make these little bites. Pair with pickled onions and deli mustard, or simply grab and go.

Makes: 4 servings | Active time: 30 minutes | Total time: 1 hour


1 sheet frozen puff pastry

1 large onion

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

8 ounces smoked sausages (see note)

1 egg, beaten

3 tablespoons sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning

1/2 cup deli mustard

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

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1. Defrost the puffed pastry in the refrigerator according to the package directions, then cut into strips the length of a sausage, wide enough to roll around the sausage.

2. To pickle the onion, slice it paper-thin and add to a bowl with the vinegar and salt. Let sit for at least 45 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 425°. Sear the sausages in a large pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat until browned on the outside, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and let cool.

4. Place a whole sausage on a piece of puffed pastry. Roll it up so that the pastry covers the sides of the sausage. The ends will stick out. Repeat for the remaining sausages, then place the rolls on a baking sheet and brush with the beaten egg. Sprinkle the tops with sesame seeds or everything bagel seasoning.

5. Cook in the oven until the puffed pastry is golden brown and crisp, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.

6. Slice into ½-inch rounds and plate with the pickled onions, mustard, and—for extra heat—sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes.


Half-smokes are ubiquitous in DC; even the Washington Nationals baseball team has deemed them their “official dog.” Despite this, they are harder to find once you’ve left the city limits. It’s worth the online trip (and the shipping) to get the real thing!

Have fun playing Ticket to Ride™, and don’t forget to cook and eat your way through the Ticket to Ride™: The Official Cookbook!