Thanksgiving 2020 is a week away. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated for three days in 1621 by pilgrims who gave thanks for their first bountiful harvest in Plymouth Rock, MA. They invited the natives to feast with them on turkey, venison, and side dishes such as dried fruits, boiled pumpkin, and much more.

This year the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is urging families to limit the invitations and gather only in small groups because of the threat of COVID19 spreading.

Trying to make lemon meringue pie out of a lemon situation— that means more side dish options to go around! But is that mashed potatoes or mac ‘n’ cheese or stuffing? Or something else? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

Using Google Trends, Zippia (a jobs site) determined what Thanksgiving side each state eats a disproportionate amount of. It examined over 20 Thanksgiving classics.

  • 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
  • Alabama 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.

Do you agree? Disagree? What is your favorite side dish?

According to the CDC “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or eating is associated with directly spreading COVID-19. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food, food packaging, or utensils that have the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way that the virus is spread.”

Stay safe. Get stuffed. And let’s hope for really big Thanksgiving gatherings at mom or grandma’s house next year!