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The Most Popular Thanksgiving Side Dish in Each State to Inspire Your Turkey Day Feast


Thanksgiving is still a ways away, but if you’re determined to throw the ultimate Turkey Day feast, you’ll need to know what Thanksgiving side dishes to make. But with a large family gathering comes a conflict of food preferences. Lucky for you, we’ve found a way to save you from having to make each person their own special dish: Google teamed up with Business Insider to come up with a list of the most-searched Thanksgiving side dish by state — so if you’re struggling to come up with your Thanksgiving menu, why not just whip up the most beloved recipe in your home state?

The best flavors of fall are all represented on Google’s annual list: Think pumpkin, pecan, and butternut squash galore. Not surprisingly, the roundup also includes many Thanksgiving side dish staples, like stuffing, casseroles, and good ol’ mashed potatoes. But what’s most interesting are the regional differences — ambrosia salad seems like a favorite in the Northwest, while corn dishes reign supreme in the Eastern half of the United States. We’ll have to wait until we get closer to Thanksgiving 2018 to find out what Americans are searching for, but 2017’s most-searched side dishes should give you plenty of inspiration as you start dreaming up your holiday menu. 

  1. Alabama: Squash casserole
  2. Alaska: Green beans
  3. Arizona: Pumpkin roll
  4. Arkansas: Sweet potato pie
  5. California: Stuffing
  6. Colorado: Pecan pie
  7. Connecticut: Sausage stuffing
  8. Delaware: Butternut squash
  9. Florida: Corn souffle
  10. Georgia: Squash casserole
  11. Hawaii: Sweet potato
  12. Idaho: Sourdough bread
  13. Illinois: Sweet potato casserole
  14. Indiana: Roasted sweet potatoes
  15. Iowa: Corn casserole
  16. Kansas: Yams
  17. Kentucky: Broccoli casserole
  18. Louisiana: Yams
  19. Maine: Mashed squash
  20. Maryland: Collard greens
  21. Massachusetts: Butternut squash
  22. Michigan: Roasted Brussels sprouts
  23. Minnesota: Thanksgiving sweet potatoes
  24. Mississippi: Cornbread dressing
  25. Missouri: Thanksgiving rolls
  26. Montana: Cranberry sauce
  27. Nebraska: Sweet potatoes
  28. Nevada: Pecan pie
  29. New Hampshire: Homemade stuffing
  30. New Jersey: Butternut squash soup
  31. New Mexico: Pecan pie
  32. New York: Acorn squash
  33. North Carolina: Corn pudding
  34. North Dakota: Sweet potatoes
  35. Ohio: 7-layer salad
  36. Oklahoma: Cornbread dressing
  37. Oregon: Ambrosia salad
  38. Pennsylvania: Candied sweet potatoes
  39. Rhode Island: Stuffing
  40. South Carolina: Cornbread dressing
  41. South Dakota: Ambrosia salad
  42. Tennessee: Mac and cheese
  43. Texas: Broccoli rice casserole
  44. Utah: Yams
  45. Vermont: Butternut squash
  46. Virginia: Corn pudding
  47. Washington: Green beans
  48. West Virginia: Broccoli salad
  49. Wisconsin: Garlic mashed potatoes
  50. Wyoming: Sweet potatoes

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