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Thanksgiving Recipe Searches Reveal America's Holiday Tastes

Patch logo Patch 6 days ago Beth Dalbey
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With Thanksgiving looming, cooks across the country are rifling through their recipe boxes, cookbooks and trendy magazines for a menu that will make their guests want to come back for second helpings. A new analysis based on Google search terms can help cooks across the country plan menus that guests — or at least the cooks — will like.

You may beg to differ with the analysis, put together by the House Method blog. Some of the recipes are tried and true Thanksgiving favorites. Others may leave you wondering.

In several states, roasted turkey and dressing were popular Thanksgiving recipe searches.

Green bean casserole, long a staple on the Thanksgiving table, was a popular search, along with casserole dishes made with corn, sweet potatoes and yams. People also looked for deviled egg recipes in several states as well as the old, apparently not-so-simple, honey-baked ham.

People in a half-dozen states searched for salad. Lest you ask who eats salad on Thanksgiving, the holiday that starts a month-long gorge-fest for many Americans, we remind you that salad isn’t just lettuce-based with a low-calorie vinaigrette dressing. Lots of them have mayonnaise, whipped cream, cream cheese and other calorie-heavy ingredients.

Sounds a lot like Easter candy.

It appears pumpkin pie will make it to many Thanksgiving tables. It was the top search in 15 states. People also searched for pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin chocolate-chip cookie recipes. Serving pumpkin dishes has been a tradition since early American colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving. In Colonial days, the dish was more likely to be a soup served in a pumpkin.

Brownies were a close second to pumpkin pie as the top search in 14 states. Cooks in a half-dozen states most often looked for pecan pie recipes. Sweet potato pie and apple fritter recipes were also popular searches.

Here's a breakdown by state:

STATESAVORY RECIPEDESSERT RECIPE
AlabamaSweet Potato CasserolePecan Pie
AlaskaYamsPumpkin Cheesecake
ArizonaSaladPumpkin Pie
ArkansasDressingPecan Pie
CaliforniaYamsPumpkin Pie
ColoradoMashed PotatoesPumpkin Pie
ConnecticutRoasted TurkeyApple Fritters
DelawareRoasted TurkeyPumpkin Cheesecake
District of ColumbiaSaladBrownies
FloridaRoasted TurkeyPumpkin Cheesecake
GeorgiaHoney-Baked HamSweet Potato Pie
HawaiiTurkey GravyBrownies
IdahoGreen Bean CasserolePumpkin Cheesecake
IllinoisSaladBrownies
IndianaCorn CasseroleBrownies
IowaCorn CasseroleBrownies
KansasGreen Bean CasserolePumpkin Pie
KentuckyDeep Fried TurkeyApple Fritters
LouisianaDressingPecan Pie
MaineRoasted CarrotsPumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
MarylandRoasted TurkeySweet Potato Pie
MassachusettsRoasted TurkeyBrownies
MichiganDressingBrownies
MinnesotaSaladBrownies
MississippiDressingPecan Pie
MissouriGreen Bean CasserolePumpkin Pie
MontanaMashed PotatoesPumpkin Pie
NebraskaCorn CasseroleBrownies
NevadaYamsPumpkin Cheesecake
New HampshireRoasted CarrotsApple Fritters
New JerseyRoasted TurkeyBrownies
New MexicoGreen Bean CasserolePumpkin Pie
New YorkSaladBrownies
North CarolinaSweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Pie
North DakotaScalloped PotatoesPumpkin Pie
OhioRoasted TurkeyBrownies
OklahomaDeviled EggsApple Fritters
OregonMashed PotatoesPumpkin Pie
PennsylvaniaTurkeyPumpkin Pie
Rhode IslandRoasted TurkeyBrownies
South CarolinaDressingSweet Potato Pie
South DakotaDeviled EggsPumpkin Pie
TennesseeSweet Potato CasserolePecan Pie
TexasDressingPecan Pie
UtahYamsBrownies
VermontSaladApple Pie
VirginiaRoasted TurkeyBrownies
WashingtonTurkey GravyPumpkin Pie
West VirginiaDeviled EggsPumpkin Pie
WisconsinGreen Bean CasserolePumpkin Pie
WyomingDeviled EggsPumpkin Pie
Source: House Method

Bon appetit. And happy Thanksgiving.

Related video: 3 classy Thanksgiving appetizers you can make right now [provided by the Rachael Ray Show]

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