Thanksgiving Dishes Across America

Although the emblematic turkey will forever be a mainstay, different regions bring different dishes to the Thanksgiving table

Our food choices, even on national holidays like Thanksgiving, are as diverse as our accents

There is a classic version of the Thanksgiving dinner (perhaps courtesy of Normal Rockwell) that comes to mind when we think of the holiday: roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a side of vegetables, and pie. Yet, the permutations of these dishes abound, reflecting personal, cultural, and geographical preferences.   

Our food choices, even on national holidays like Thanksgiving, are as diverse as our accents. And while the basic idea remains constant, regional influences make each table across the country slightly different.  

In Utah, for example, lime Jell-O mixed with chopped fruits and shredded carrots or in another version enhanced with Miracle Whip, cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, and pecans is a (baffling) signature Thanksgiving dish.

America is a vast country, and its diversity is expressed in the ingredients that appear on the holiday table in various parts of the country — like oyster stuffing in the Northeast or red chile gravy in the Southwest. Some are even city-specific: Baltimore residents, for instance, proudly serve sauerkraut (a nod to German influences in the area) next to their turkey.

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To celebrate our nation's various heritages and traditions, we have rounded up a collection of the best regional Thanksgiving delicacies from across America. Maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new this holiday.