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Thanksgiving is all about the food, and while turkey may be the main dish on tables across America, the accompanying sides might look very different from one state to the next. It should come as no surprise that people love the classics, so you’ll see the usual suspects like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole more than once on this list. No worries, there are more than enough variations of each to go around. Here are the most uniquely searched side dishes on Google by state for Thanksgiving 2020.
Alaskans aren’t looking to do up their green beans with a cream sauce or crispy onions. To them, we offer these roasted green beans with juicy grape tomatoes.
A holiday ham is the ultimate centerpiece, but in Arizona, it’s a glamorous sidekick. This ham with a honey brown sugar glaze is sure to fit the bill.
Cranberry recipes abound, but perhaps none are as foundational to Thanksgiving tables as cranberry sauce, which is what Arkansas residents are seeking.
All sides are equally important, but most of us can agree with California that the MVP of Thanksgiving is in fact the gravy. This deliciously basic recipe is taken up a notch with some herbes de Provence.
Connecticut’s side of choice is the humble sweet potato, which, when bedazzled with maple syrup and cranberries, takes a decadent turn.
Based on Google data, Northern states like Delaware prefer to call this side stuffing, while Southern states opt for dressing. Merriam-Webster complicates things further by defining dressing as a “seasoned mixture usually used as a stuffing.” Either way, this sausage and kale stuffing will be a hit no matter what you call it.
Washington, D.C., is searching for a lavish side dish of duck confit. Confit is French for any type of meat that is cooked slowly in its own fat. This duck leg is braised in wine, broth, tomatoes, onions, carrots and celery for an elegant ragu.
Hawaiians are fans of sweet potatoes too, except they prefer a casserole over souffle. This candied sweet potato casserole is the stuff of dreams, complete with mini marshmallows and pecans.
Something would be terribly off if Idaho’s top side didn’t showcase its famous spuds. And this loaded mashed potatoes recipe is worthy of Idaho potatoes.
Illinoisans love their mashed potatoes. Calling for nutty brown butter, Parmesan cheese, chicken stock and Yukon Gold potatoes, this recipe is made for the Midwest.
Indiana keeps it cheesy. With four different kinds of cheese, this baked mac will have your family coming back for seconds and thirds.
Iowans seem to be holding on tight to summertime by favoring a fruit salad on their Thanksgiving table. How about adding a vanilla twist?
Kansas may bring to mind Dorothy and Toto, but Kansans have quite the crop of sweet potatoes and they want to know how to use them. This recipe for roasted sweet potatoes with a crunchy pecan topping will whisk you away to someplace magical.
With a homemade cheese sauce and a Ritz cracker topping, this hearty broccoli casserole will be a hit in Kentucky, where residents are searching for the perfect recipe.
Cornbread is a key component of Cajun and Creole cuisine, so it makes sense that it’s also part of Louisiana's favorite side for turkey day.
This green bean casserole is so good, you could eat it as a main any other day. Maine’s top choice for sides is better off kept simple, like this easy recipe.
You might think sweet potato is a limited ingredient to cook with, but we say otherwise. You can go sweet, savory or spicy, like this recipe that uses Urfa biber or Urfa pepper, which is a dried Turkish chile pepper that complements the charred, almost-burnt sweet potato wedges.
People often think of Massachusetts when they think of cranberries because cranberry farming on Massachuesset’s Cape Cod goes back all the way to the 1800s. Cranberry sauce just feels so right, and this orange-ginger version lets the native berry sing.
Looks like the quest for Southern comfort food made its way to Michigan. We put a twist on Michigan’s choice of a corn casserole with this recipe for a gooey corn spoon bread with a dollop of sour cream.
Balsamic vinegar and a host of herbs take regular green beans into holiday territory. This one might be a winner for Minnesotans searching for a way to use them.
If you live in Mississippi, give this cast-iron jalapeno cornbread a go. You can make it in mini muffin cups, transform it into dressing or enjoy a chunk of it as is.
Cornbread topped with melted cheese, ground beef and tomatoes — need we say more? This flavor-packed take on Missouri’s favorite side dish will be a hit everywhere.
Montana would like Idaho to pass the potatoes, please. There are plenty of dishes that can be made from a sack of potatoes, and this Indian spin with cumin will be a delightful addition to a holiday spread.
You might be thinking the options for sweet potatoes are dwindling. People of Nebraska, here’s one for you that doubles as brunch on a lazy Sunday.
You really can’t blame Nevadans for loving their green beans — at least on Thanksgiving. The usual green bean casserole goes deluxe with fresh mushrooms and white wine, but don’t worry, there’s still a can of soup in there.
Po-tay-to, po-tah-to, the vegetable is all the rage in America. Residents of New Hampshire might like theirs simply made, or they might enjoy this creamy thyme gratin recipe.
We took New Jersey’s search for a sweet potato recipe and stuffed it with all sorts of Southwest flavors, such as avocado, black beans and sour cream.
New Mexico can take it low and slow with these slow cooker mashed potatoes, perfect for hands-off Thanksgiving prep.
Whether you’re in the rural countryside or bustling Manhattan, a side of potatoes brings all New Yorkers together. This recipe plays off the combination of sage and lemon zest to add fresh flavor to classic roasted potatoes.
North Carolinians are changing it up with their affinity for rice as a Thanksgiving side. Comforting, easy to make, endless possibilities — we see where they’re coming from. We’ll do them one better with this spicy brown rice with lentils and caramelized onions.
North Dakota knows what's good. And that is, of course, baked mac ‘n’ cheese. Add some cream cheese to the usual list of ingredients and nothing will ever be the same.
Cranberries are that underrated side dish no one appreciates until it's missing from the spread. At least we know people in Ohio won’t ever forget it.
Sweet potatoes become a star appetizer in this hummus recipe. It may not be exactly what Oklahoma was looking for, but it’s certain to be a crowd-pleaser.
Oregonians are just looking for mashed potatoes, but we’ll see their potatoes and raise them a cheesy casserole. And while we’re at it, have you considered packing your table with delicious holiday casseroles?
Pennsylvanians get specific with their search for a side, and why shouldn’t they? Sausage stuffing sounds delightful.
Cornbread dressing (not stuffing because we’re in South Carolina) is no doubt a Southern favorite. To switch things up a bit, how about this chipotle corn pudding recipe?
South Dakota prefers corn casserole, but creamed corn is its creamier, more luxurious sister. Corn, milk, cream cheese and butter are all melted together for a truly decadent side.
“You’re the only 10 I see,” is what the people of Tennessee will say when they find the perfect sweet potato casserole. This recipe with pineapple, pecans, cranberries and marshmallows is in fact a 10/10.
If Texas wants a cornbread dressing, here’s a Tex-Mex version perfect for a Southern Thanksgiving table. Bring the heat and the sweet with this twist on a Thanksgiving staple.
Utah’s been searching for some yams. There’s recurring confusion over the difference between a yam and a sweet potato. But this might make life easier: What you probably think of as a yam is in fact a sweet potato. Most people tend to think those long, red-skinned sweet potatoes are yams, but they’re just one of many varieties of sweet potatoes. Actual yams have bark-like skin and are not orange inside.
Vermonters are seeking the creamy, zesty flavor of a green bean casserole, and this recipe turns up the heat with the addition of pepper jack cheese.
Now that we’ve cleared up any yams/sweet potato confusion, we can admit that “candied yams” is just fun to say, so we’ll stick it, as Virginia does. This recipe clears all confusion and calls it what it is — sweet potato candied yams. Perfect.
Washington’s search is not original, but who can resist a classic? And if you are looking for a straightforward cranberry sauce with no extra flavors, this one's for you.
West Virginia may have been looking for just a classic recipe, but this is Thanksgiving dinner. Why not add a luxurious unexpected ingredient that goes great in mac and cheese, such as lobster?
Wyoming is looking to keep it classic this season, but that’s not for everyone. If you are still in need of a little holiday table inspiration, here are 101 recipes you should check out for Thanksgiving.
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