| November 5, 2018
November is here, which means Americans are scouring the internet for recipes of their favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Whether you’re bringing a side dish to a family gathering or preparing an entire feast on your own, we’re here to help you know what people in your state are excited to eat this year.
After all, you want your food to be the first devoured, not the last of the leftovers.
Mincing Out Our Method
To get the scoop on Thanksgiving favorites, we started with the top-searched recipes in every food-related category on Google Trends last November. We backed up these favorites with any similar recipes and then ran them all through Google Trends again—and voilà! Our creation was complete. We unveiled which states had the highest search volume for each recipe.
Our Festive Findings
Turkey was first on most people’s minds. Some states even mixed it up with brine or a copycat Popeye’s Cajun turkey. A recommendation to you Popeye’s fans in Illinois, Virginia, and Mississippi: Ordering the real deal from Popeye himself isn’t much more expensive than making it at home. You’ll save on that precious prep time and avoid burning your house down.
But turkey isn’t the only Thanksgiving food Americans are partial to:
- Georgia has given up on turkey altogether and is sticking with honey-baked ham.
- The Midwest loves casseroles. Green-bean casserole ranks number one, but it’s no surprise that corn casserole is also popular in the Corn Belt.
- Vermonters searched for “ambrosia salad.” We thought this sounded super fancy, but it turned out to be that nasty whipped-cream mess everyone’s least favorite relative brings to the table. Colored marshmallows? Really, Vermont?
- On the other hand, cornbread dressing from Louisiana looks like the perfect alternative to a dry ol’ stuffing.
- Only North Carolina and South Carolina understand the importance of a fantastic mac and cheese with your Thanksgiving dinner.
- To the New England states looking for Thanksgiving dessert ideas, these states have you covered: