Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

Career site Zippia recently released a map of peoples’ favorite Thanksgiving sides by state. They used Google trends to find the favorites of more than 20 traditional side dishes. Zippia’s Kathy Morris reports:

Thanksgiving is one of only 10 federal holidays in the US.

While some workers work holidays, the majority of workers can be thankful on Thanksgiving for a nice meal with their meals. This year, many businesses have announced they will not start Black Friday on Thursday — freeing more workers to enjoy a meal with their family.

It got us thinking, what foods will every one be eating? Are some states crazier for corn than others? Anyone cheesing out? We analyzed Google searches to determine each state’s favorite Thanksgiving side.

The results? Thanksgiving may be called Turkey Day, but maybe it should be called mashed potato day. Or mac ‘n’ cheese day.


• Mashed potatoes are the favorite of 10 states.

• Right behind mashed potatoes is mac ‘n’ cheese — seven states know that it’s not Thanksgiving without the cheesy, delicious dish.

• While most states are reaching for the carbs, Maine is all about that side salad.

• The south isn’t a casserole belt, but the Midwest can’t get enough – especially of green bean casserole.

• Alabama doesn’t eat stuffing, they like “dressing,” aka southern people stuffing.

• Only New Hampshire is a big fan of cranberry sauce.

• Biscuits. Rolls. Crescent rolls. Forget, fancy sides, just toss some rolls in the oven.

• 47 states want their sides carby, cheesy, potato-y and delicious. Only three are reaching for veggies more.

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