Google Reveals the Most Unique Thanksgiving Side In Every State

There are some interesting meals happening in Iowa and Washington D.C...

November 17, 2020

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Ever wondered if your obsession with cornbread casserole is just a you thing? Or why everyone doesn’t put ham alongside the turkey on their Thanksgiving table?

Well, Google Trends is shedding some light on that by sharing data on the most uniquely searched Thanksgiving sides in each state. The search engine parsed data to determine which Thanksgiving dishes and recipes are disproportionately searched for in each state in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

“The data is normalized to remove shared interests across the country,” a spokesperson explained.

Here are the findings:

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We now know that Alabamans, Louisianians, Mississippians, South Carolinians and Texans are really into their “cornbread dressing,” while Floridians prefer to stick with straight-up “cornbread” and Michiganders and South Dakotans are mad for “corn casserole.” Missourians, meanwhile, mix it up with “corn bread casserole.”

We also learned that Idaho is joined in its commitment to “mashed potatoes” (no surprise there) by Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico and Oregon, whereas Montana, New Hampshire and New York crave, simply, “potatoes” (hold the masher).

Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Wisconsin are sweet on “sweet potato” or “sweet potatoes,” while in Georgia they’re whipping up “sweet potato souffle” and in Hawaii and Tennessee they favor “sweet potato casserole.” Relatedly, Utahans love their “yams” and Virginians their “candied yams.”

Alaska, Minnesota and Nevada are united in their love for “green beans,” while Maine and Vermont share a yearning for “green bean casserole.” In Kentucky, they’re eating “broccoli casserole.”

Californians think “gravy” is groovy. The people of Arkansas, Massachusetts and Washington crave “cranberry sauce,” and Ohioans relish “cranberry relish.”

Indianans and North Dakotans enjoy their “baked mac and cheese;” while West Virginians prefer regular “mac and cheese.”

Wyoming is keeping it classic with “classic stuffing.” Delaware and Puerto Rico prefer “sausage stuffing.” North Carolina is eating plain ol’ “rice.” (Really, North Carolina?)

In Iowa, they’re keeping it sweet with “fruit salad.” In Rhode Island, they’re starting things off (we assume) with “deviled eggs.” In Arizona, for reasons mysterious to me, at least, they are eating “ham” along with their turkey. (Or is it instead of their turkey?)

But the biggest surprise might be the most coveted Thanksgiving recipe among D.C. residents. They’re apparently searching “duck confit” in droves. What’s going on there, D.C.? Seriously, so fancy!

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