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Here's the Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipe in Every State, According to Google

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From ham to exotic soups, some of these answers may surprise you.

While some families pass down flour-stained, greasy recipe cards in preparation for Thanksgiving, others prefer to take advantage of living in 2018 and utilize search engines. Google Search took a look into the most uniquely searched recipes in each state over the past week to try to identify what will be popular for Thanksgiving dinners across the country.

Turkey recipes were only dominant in West Virginia, as sides were king of Google this week in preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Stuffing or dressing (or whatever you call it in your state) had the highest search rate nationwide, with vegetable-related items taking most other spots.

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In the midst of traditional recipes like pumpkin pies and casseroles, there were a few unique standouts. The most searched recipe in Delaware was “keto brisket,” while Arizona was prioritizing ham over turkey. Pennsylvania and Vermont were strictly looking for vegetable recipes and Washington needed some salad inspiration. Vegan Thanksgiving, anyone?

However, the strangest searches of all came from Hawaii, D.C., and North Dakota. Our friends up north were looking for punch recipes, and Hawaii was yearning for stone soup. D.C. must be ready for the holidays, as their most popular search was for cookies.

Even though some states prefer the term “dressing” to “stuffing,” or butternut squash over sweet potatoes, this list ultimately shows that all Americans can agree on one thing: we love classic comfort food. Wondering what your state’s favorite Thanksgiving dish is? Here’s the full list of results.

The Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes In Every State

As Thanksgiving approaches, people across the U.S. are preparing for the most food-centric holiday of the year. For many, that involves meticulous meal planning.

Of course, everyone has their own personal favorites when it comes to classic Thanksgiving dishes, but it seems the popularity of each offering can vary based on your state. The home design website House Method put together two maps breaking down the most most-searched savory and sweet Thanksgiving dishes in each state.

The maps are based on search interest data from Google Trends. According to the data, roasted turkey was the most-searched Thanksgiving recipe in nine states, while salads and dressing (aka stuffing) took the top spot in six states each.

The data also showed some regional trends, with sweet potato casserole winning in southern states like Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina, and yams dominating out west in California, Nevada and Utah (and up in Alaska).

As for dessert, pumpkin pie took first place in 15 states. Interestingly, so did brownies. Southern states like Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas are all about the pecan pie.

Apparently, folks in Maine love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, while apple fritters are popular in Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Connecticut.

The most Googled Thanksgiving recipe in every state

On Thanksgiving, people across the United States devour feasts that typically consist of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pie.

To get a better picture of Americans' favorite side dish recipes in each state, Business Insider consulted Google. Looking at search data from the past four years, Google's researchers found the most uniquely highly searched recipe that people in every state (plus Washington DC) Googled during November.

The researchers didn't look at the most popular dish for every state (which would've been pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie in all 50). Instead, they focused on the most distinct, and then found the recipes with the highest search volume for each state.

Check them out in the map below:

Leanna Garfield and Shayanne Gal contributed to an earlier version of this post.

Here's the Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipe in Every State

We've got a spoiler alert here about your Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday . . . try to act surprised.

A website called The Kitchn analyzed Google searches from this month to figure out the most popular Thanksgiving recipe in every state. Here are some of the results . . .

1. The most popular is stuffing or dressing, depending on what they call it in your area. It was the top search in 13 states . . . and 14 if you count Texas, where the top search was a little more specific with "cornbread dressing."

2. "Salad" is number one in two states: Washington and Utah. But we don't know if that's a regular vegetable salad . . . or something like Jell-O salad

3. The top search in four states is pumpkin pie. And in D.C., the most popular Thanksgiving recipe is COOKIES.

4. And finally, there are three states doing REALLY untraditional things. The top Thanksgiving search in Arizona is "ham" . . . in North Dakota, it's "punch" . . . and in Delaware, it's "keto brisket." (The Kitchn)


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Thanksgiving Recipe Road Map

Some Thanksgiving dishes are cross-country staples &ndash 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.

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&rsquos 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.

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.

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.

California: Oven-Baked Salmon

With its proximity to the Pacific Northwest's schools of seafood, it&rsquos 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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia: Sweet Potato Souffle

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

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!

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.

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.

Indiana: Corn Pudding

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

Iowa: Pumpkin Bars

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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&rsquos recipe.

Minnesota: Sausage and Herb Stuffing

The Land of 10,000 Lakes isn&rsquot 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.

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.

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.

Montana: Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake

This seasonal cheesecake &ndash inspired by a popular restaurant recipe &ndash 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.

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.

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.

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&rsquot disappoint -- it's a delicious way to make over leftover roasted turkey.

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.

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.

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.

North Carolina: Southern Collard Greens

It wouldn&rsquot 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.

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.

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.

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.

Oregon: Day-After Turkey Soup

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

Pennsylvania: Spicy Candied Sweet Potatoes

Food Network fans came to us for their Pennsylvania Dutch fix and these sweet and spicy spuds don&rsquot disappoint. Melted marshmallows add extra sticky sweetness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

This Is the Most Popular Thanksgiving Food in Your State

According to Google, these are the most searched for Thanksgiving foods per state. And now we're very hungry.

Ever wonder which Thanksgiving foods everyone is searching for around this time? Thanksgiving is the food holiday of the year, and people have some very serious opinions about the menu. Whether we’re talking about cornbread stuffing purists (me) or the debate whether to stuff the turkey or serve the stuffing on a dish, everyone has something to say about every item on the Thanksgiving table. And if we zoom out of our own family dynamics and traditions, there’s one Thanksgiving food in each state that people really want to know how to make or are looking for the best recipe out there.

Call it dressing or call it stuffing, this side dish is the best part of Thanksgiving to me𠄺nd residents of 14 states seem to agree. In Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas, the top Thanksgiving food-related search this year is cornbread dressing. While you may not agree if it&aposs called stuffing or cornbread dressing, we can all agree that residents of these states sure want a stuffing recipe to shine on their Thanksgiving table. Here’s 10 of them.

Some states have their eyes on dessert recipes. Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Ohio want pumpkin pie, while DC is looking for cookies. This no-bake pumpkin pie will make everyone swoon in addition to saving oven space.

It’s looking like Alaska, Connecticut, Maryland, and Montana want to skip the canned cranberry sauce this year and opt for a MIY situation. May we suggest this Cranberry-Lingonberry Sauce that every Thanksgiving plate needs? Wisconsin wants cranberry salad, specifically, and Washington and Utah just really want salad. Here are 10 Fresh Fall Salads that will look as great on a Thanksgiving table as they taste.

Florida and Georgia are the only states craving green bean casserole, and Iowa just wants any casserole𠄺s long as it&aposs tasty like these casserole recipes.

A lot of states want veggies on the table. Kentucky, Missouri, and Oregon are looking for sweet potato recommendations, while South Carolina residents know they like their sweet potatoes in casserole form. Massachusetts and New Hampshire want butternut squash, and Virginia is looking for green bean ideas. Wyoming wants carrots, specifically roasted, and families in South Dakota will be serving corn. Pennsylvania and Vermont are open to suggestions, searching for vegetables as a whole (may we suggest this Make-Ahead Holiday Salad?). Creamed corn counts a veggie, right California? New Yorkers, New Jersyites, Nevadans want soup, but it&aposs fair to say a lot of Thanksgiving soup recipes feature veggies.

There are five states that caught me by surprise. Arizona is searching for ham recipes (maybe getting ahead and thinking Christmas?), Delaware is searching for “keto brisket,” Louisiana is looking for chicken soup, you&aposll be seeing punch bowls in North Dakota, and Hawaii wants to whip up stone soup.

Notice anything missing? Turkey!West Virginia is the only state with a top Google search of “roast turkey.” Is no one making turkey this year or are we all just creatures of habit and making it the same way as every other year? In case you’re still looking for a turkey recipe, this Pepperoni-Butter Turkey and Gravy yields juicy results and it’s incredibly delicious. That one is for you, too, Maine, since you’re searching turkey gravy and all.

RELATED: How to Make Classic Gravy

No matter what you’re cooking this year, gather around, share some food, and give thanks.

The Most-Searched Thanksgiving Side Dish In Every State

Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes (shout-out to stuffing!). The popularity of certain classics can also vary based on location.

The folks at Google shared the most uniquely searched Thanksgiving side dishes in every state (meaning, the queries that were more searched in each state relative to searches in the U.S. overall).

It turns out mashed potatoes are all the rage in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico and Oregon. Green beans dominated in Alaska, Minnesota and Nevada, while green bean casserole took the top spot in Maine and Vermont.

A variety of sweet potato dishes were No. 1 as well, with sweet potato casserole winning in Hawaii and Tennessee, sweet potato soufflé in Georgia and just regular ol’ sweet potatoes in Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

And of course, Southern states showed their affinity for cornbread dressing, the top unique search in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. Meanwhile, sausage stuffing dominated in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and Wyoming was all about classic stuffing. (Searches for “stuffing vs. dressing” also spiked in the week before Thanksgiving.)

Interesting outliers included deviled eggs in Rhode Island, broccoli casserole in Kentucky, ham in Arizona, rice in North Carolina, fruit salad in Iowa and duck confit in Washington, D.C.

Google also shared its national data for most searched Thanksgiving pies ― sweet potato, apple, pumpkin, pecan and mud ― and trending Thanksgiving drinks ― cranberry cocktail, (holiday) punch, hot buttered rum, apple cider mimosa, spiked hot chocolate, cider cocktails, hot chocolate bombs, red wine, cranberry wine and harvest punch.

Most Interesting Findings

  • Mashed potatoes are the favorite of 10 states.
  • Right behind mashed potatoes is mac n’ cheese- 7 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 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 3 are reaching for veggies more.

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