Top Thanksgiving Recipes in Every State

From basic stuffing to cheesecake, find out which recipes are hits for Thanksgiving across the country.

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Thanksgiving Recipe Road Map

Some Thanksgiving dishes are cross-country staples – pumpkin pie, stuffing and of course, turkey recipes are popular in every state in November. But the all-American feast also shows off regional variety.

We dug into the Thanksgiving recipes that are uniquely popular to specific areas. Some are local specialties, while others are more classic recipes in our arsenal that are especially beloved by certain states. Read on to find out what Thanksgiving recipe ranks highly in your neck of the woods; it may surprise you.

Alabama: Southern Red Velvet Cake

Food Network fans from Alabama flocked to a Southern favorite for their Thanksgiving spread. This triple-layer rendition is super moist and slathered in traditional sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting.

Get the Recipe: Southern Red Velvet Cake

Alaska: Classic Cheesecake

Coast to coast, cheesecake is an American favorite. That's true even way up north in our 49th state, where Food Network Kitchen’s Classic Cheesecake recipe is highly ranked in November. This simple, creamy version is indulgent enough to satisfy the connoisseur and straightforward enough to please traditionalists.

Get the Recipe: Classic Cheesecake

Arizona: World's Simplest Turkey

The residents of the Grand Canyon State opted for a no-fuss turkey that requires little attention -- perhaps to give them more time to spend outdoors enjoying the warm November Arizona weather.

Get the Recipe: World's Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey

Arkansas: Turkey Spaghetti

While we're sure that day-after-Thanksgiving meals throughout the states are abundant, Food Network fans from Arkansas appear to have grander plans for their turkey leftovers: both white and dark meat work well in this baked noodle casserole.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Spaghetti

California: Oven-Baked Salmon

With its proximity to the Pacific Northwest's schools of seafood, it’s no wonder that Californians are searching for salmon as well as turkey for their Thanksgiving meal. This large baked fillet is topped with a toasted almond and parsley salad -- who needs turkey?

Get the Recipe: Oven-Baked Salmon

Colorado: Glazed Ham

Coloradoans seem to like a little ham with (or maybe even instead of?) their turkey. This top-searched glazed ham is sweet and tangy with a little bite from Dijon mustard. Maybe the Rocky Mountain state is onto something good here?

Get the Recipe: Perfect Glazed Ham

Connecticut: Shepherd's Pie

Topped with a layer of creamy potatoes and filled with lamb, peas and corn, this traditional Shepherd's pie was a popular search result from Connecticut. Perhaps residents of our 5th state make this hearty pie with their leftover mashed potatoes.

Get the Recipe: Shepherd's Pie

Delaware: Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

From inland to the sandy beaches of Delaware, residents from this mid-Atlantic state pulled out their slow cookers to make this goes-with-everything macaroni and cheese as a Thanksgiving side.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

District of Columbia: Oyster Stuffing

Our nation's capital is in prime proximity to the East Coast's largest estuary with a variety of oysters just a stone's throw away. The plump and salty bivalves work nicely in this cornbread stuffing.

Get the Recipe: Oyster Stuffing

Florida: Deep-Fried Turkey

Floridians take advantage of their shorts-year-round temperatures and fry their birds outdoors. They came to Food Network for this version made with a simple salt-and-brown-sugar brine.

Get the Recipe: Deep-Fried Turkey

Georgia: Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet potato crops thrive in warm weather, so it’s no surprise that Georgians gravitated to this casserole. It has a crunchy topping featuring another of the state's popular harvests -- pecans!

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Souffle

Hawaii: Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

When it comes to Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, Hawaiians aren't afraid of garlic -- this recipe is packed with six cloves!

Get the Recipe: Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Idaho: The Baked Potato

It's only fitting that residents from Idaho are in search of the perfect baked potato -- a vegetable that has become synonymous with the Gem State. Here it's served it in its purest form for Thanksgiving dinner.

Get the Recipe: The Baked Potato

Illinois: Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole

This autumnal breakfast casserole can be made the night before and then baked and served the next morning. It's the perfect start to a festive day in the Land of Lincoln.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole

Indiana: Corn Pudding

Hoosiers are making room for corn in their Thanksgiving spread. This creamy casserole is enriched with Cheddar and cream cheese.

Get the Recipe: Corn Pudding

Iowa: Pumpkin Bars

These bars are dense, cakey and packed with pumpkin -- a great alternative to pie that’s in demand in the Hawkeye state.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

Kansas: Cranberry Salad

There's still room for a dog-eared retro recipe at a Kansas holiday meal. This strawberry gelatin mold is packed with cranberries, pineapple and nuts and is the perfect way to hold onto tradition.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry Salad

Kentucky: Leftover Turkey Chili

Transforming Thanksgiving leftovers is one of the best parts of the holiday and residents of the Bluegrass State know it! This spicy chili is the ideal home for any turkey that wasn't devoured at the big feast.

Get the Recipe: Leftover Turkey Chili

Louisiana: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton

Louisianans love their mirliton -- also known as chayote in Mexico -- a green, bumpy pear-shaped gourd that grows on vines throughout New Orleans. The dish gets a special-occasion upgrade with crabmeat and andouille in this version, ideal for a Thanksgiving Day spread.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton

Maine: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maine residents know a good cookie when they see one. The state is home to the whoopie pie -- the beloved marshmallow- or cream-filled cookie sandwich. So, it's no surprise that these soft pumpkin and chocolate cookies were a top Thanksgiving search.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maryland: Sweet Potato Pie

Pumpkin pie may have some Thanksgiving competition in Maryland. This creamy dessert starts with roasted and mashed sweet potatoes for the filling. Maple whipped cream is the perfect topping.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie

Massachusetts: Caramelized Butternut Squash

From Boston to the Berkshires, people from this New England state came to Food Network for a super simple butternut squash side dish that sweetly caramelizes as it roasts.

Get the Recipe: Caramelized Butternut Squash

Michigan: Green Bean Casserole

Michigan residents have found the ultimate comfort food casserole for Thanksgiving. Instead of reaching for a can of soup, they opted to make a creamy mushroom sauce from scratch using Tyler’s recipe.

Get the Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

Minnesota: Sausage and Herb Stuffing

The Land of 10,000 Lakes isn’t shy about sprucing up its stuffing. This one is packed with apples, Italian sausage and cranberries, though we wouldn't be surprised if some residents also stirred in a handful of cooked wild rice -- a crop grown throughout the state.

Get the Recipe: Sausage and Herb Stuffing

Mississippi: Pecan Pie

Some Mississippians might argue that pecan pie is more important than the Thanksgiving turkey, thanks to the plentiful pecan orchards that pepper the state's landscape. So it makes sense that residents flocked to this popular Food Network Kitchen recipe that's packed with nuts and a splash of bourbon.

Get the Recipe: Pecan Pie

Missouri: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Residents in the Show-Me State have opened our eyes to triple-dairy mashed potatoes. These uber-creamy spuds have a decadnent trio of cream cheese, half-and-half and cream.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Montana: Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake

This seasonal cheesecake – inspired by a popular restaurant recipe – has a place on many Thanksgiving dessert spreads in Montana. Since there are no Cheesecake Factory outposts in the state, perhaps residents are making it at home to get a taste.

Get the Recipe: Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake

Nebraska: Scalloped Corn

The Corn Husker State lives up to its name even today: Corn is still the most widely grown crop in Nebraska. The vegetable appears in many forms on the Thanksgiving table. Here, it's baked into a creamy casserole with a buttery cracker topping.

Get the Recipe: Scalloped Corn

Nevada: Dressed Up Bacon Mac and Cheese

As over-the-top as the state's most famous city, this Thanksgiving mac and cheese has the equivalent of Las Vegas's bright lights with showy ingredients like creamy Asiago cheese and crumbled bacon.

Get the Recipe: Dressed-Up Bacon Mac and Cheese

New Hampshire: Buffalo Turkey Dip

When your state's motto is Live Free or Die, you might expect some pretty extreme recipes for Thanksgiving. This spicy and creamy dip doesn’t disappoint -- it's a delicious way to make over leftover roasted turkey.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Turkey Dip

New Jersey: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

New Jersey residents know a thing or two about Italian-American food, as these mushroom caps stuffed with sausage, mascarpone and Parmesan make clear.

Get the Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

New Mexico: Biscochitos

New Mexicans have shown us a whole new way to love lard -- and it's not in pie dough! These crispy Santa Fe-born cookies are scented with anise and cinnamon and are just right with coffee or tea after a big holiday meal.

Get the Recipe: Biscochitos

New York: Butternut Squash Soup

For residents in the Empire State who like to start their Thanksgiving meal off with a first course, this creamy squash soup has a nice touch of acidity thanks to canned tomatoes and a little balsamic vinegar.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

North Carolina: Southern Collard Greens

It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving meal in the Tar Heel State without some seasoning meat -- humble cuts (usually pork) that have been salted, smoked or ground into sausage. Consider the salt pork in these slow-braised greens as a condiment packed with meaty flavor.

Get the Recipe: Southern Collard Greens

North Dakota: Pumpkin Seeds

Nothing goes to waste in the Great Plains. Food Network fans from North Dakota are hanging onto their pumpkin seeds and roasting them. They're nice for snacking while you prep the rest of your Thanksgiving meal, or sprinkle them in a salad or over soup.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Seeds

Ohio: Basic Stuffing

Ohioans know that basic doesn't mean boring. This simple stuffing is packed with fresh ingredients like apples, sage, thyme and parsley.

Get the Recipe: Basic Stuffing

Oklahoma: Sopapilla Cheesecake

The residents of Oklahoma searched for this puffy fried Mexican dough and cheesecake mash-up and it's something to be thankful for, indeed. A sweet and tangy creamy center is sandwiched between two layers of crispy cinnamon-sugar pastry.

Get the Recipe: Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Oregon: Day-After Turkey Soup

Making the most of Thanksgiving scraps, Oregon residents saved their turkey carcasses to make this wholesome day-after soup.

Get the Recipe: Day-After Turkey Soup

Pennsylvania: Spicy Candied Sweet Potatoes

Food Network fans came to us for their Pennsylvania Dutch fix and these sweet and spicy spuds don’t disappoint. Melted marshmallows add extra sticky sweetness.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Candied Sweet Potatoes

Rhode Island: Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Residents in our smallest state leave room for broccoli on their Thanksgiving table. This cheesy casserole with a buttery cracker topping is worthy of the holiday meal.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

South Carolina: Pineapple Casserole

If you're a fan of their mustard barbecue, then you can trust that residents of the Palmetto State are onto something with this unique holiday casserole. A mixture of sweet pineapple and sharp Cheddar, it is finished with a buttery cracker topping and baked until bubbly.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple Casserole

South Dakota: From Scratch Pumpkin Pie

We applaud our fans from the home of Mount Rushmore--their dedication to one of Thanksgiving's most beloved desserts is impressive. This recipe passes on the canned stuff and goes straight to the source -- roasting and pureeing a fresh pumpkin for the filling.

Get the Recipe: From Scratch Pumpkin Pie

Tennessee: Sausage Balls

Thanksgiving gatherings in Tennessee get off to a great start. These one-bite appetizers are like a Southern meatball and a fun beginning to a festive meal.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Sausage Balls

Texas: Turkey Tortilla Soup

Everything is bigger in Texas, and our fans from the Lone Star State serve up their leftover turkey with big flavor in this Tex-Mex inspired soup.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Tortilla Soup

Utah: Traditional Roast Turkey

Food Network fans from Utah came to us for a turkey fit for a Thanksgiving purist. This brined bird is a custom match for all the traditional sides of a holiday feast.

Get the Recipe: Traditional Roast Turkey

Vermont: Roasted Butternut Squash

There's too much to do outdoors in this state of covered bridges and scenic woodlands. Perhaps that's why Vermonters were drawn to this simple Thanksgiving side that has minimal prep. It's great with a drizzle of some of that local maple syrup, too.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash

Virginia: Dry Brined Turkey with Classic Herb Butter

Virginians have found the secret to no-fuss turkey brining. They opted to skip submerging their bird in a giant pot filled with seasoned water and instead get the same flavor-infused results with a simple rub of salt, sugar and pepper.

Get the Recipe: Dry-Brined Turkey With Classic Herb Butter

Washington: Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Could it be that Seattle dwellers' affinity for good coffee has spread throughout this Pacific Northwest State? These spiced cookies are the perfect treat to go with an after-dinner hot beverage.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

West Virginia: Pumpkin Roll

West Virginians came to Food Network in search of an alternative to Thanksgiving pie and found this tangy-sweet spiraled dessert. It can be made ahead and frozen -- one less thing to worry about on the big day!

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Roll

Wisconsin: Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter

Midwesterners in the land of dairy know that good ingredients can elevate even the simplest recipe. This baked and mashed squash side is super easy and even better with an extra helping of local Wisconsin butter.

Get the Recipe: Baked Acorn Squash

Wyoming: Perfect Pie Crust

We're impressed with the dedication of Food Network fans in the Cowboy State when it comes to perfecting their Thanksgiving dessert spread. This buttery dough is ideal for a double-crust apple pie.

Get the Recipe: Perfect Pie Crust

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