This Festive Map Shows Every State’s Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish

Is your home state a fan of potatoes, green bean casserole or corn?

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, it’s no secret that we love A LOT of recipes. Whether you’re a seasoned professional on the hunt for new recipes to add this year’s feast, or you’re a first-time Thanksgiving host just trying not to burn the place down, we’re happy to help! And, while we automatically associate a beautiful bird with the holiday, it’d be unfortunate if we didn’t mention the supporting stars of the show: side dishes.

The people over at Zippia, a job search site, have published a new report on each state’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Are they right?

What Are the Most Popular Thanksgiving Sides?

There’s quite a few foods to look at here, so let’s separate out the most popular ones:

  • Mashed potatoes (10 states)
  • Green bean casserole (7 states)
  • Mac and cheese (6 states)
  • Rolls/Biscuits (6 states)

That’s more than half the United States right there! Of course, mashed potatoes are a given, and while they may not be every state’s favorite side dish, I’m sure they still make an appearance all around the country. It looks like Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida prefer baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole.

As for the rest of the country, there are a couple different dishes. We see a lot of gravy (white, brown and turkey), corn and stuffing spread out across the map. Solid choices, if you ask me! As for the standalone dishes, there’s a handful I wasn’t expecting. New Hampshire chose cranberry sauce, Indiana chose deviled eggs, Kentucky chose broccoli casserole and Maine chose a side salad. How health conscious of them!

Was Your State Right?

A lot of the dishes listed are still probably found all around the country, but it’s still so interesting to see how tastes diverge. As for my home state of Illinois, I can say with complete honesty that yes…it’s correct! Not only do we have mashed potatoes at every major holiday, we often have a few different kinds of mashed potatoes all at once! My mom’s famous garlic mashed potatoes are the best part of any dinner, hands down.

Don’t be afraid to try something new at this year’s festivities, and remember, stay safe while you celebrate.

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Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.