What Did You Eat On Thanksgiving? Here’s How Thanksgiving Plates Differed From State To State [MAPS]

  @lisamahapatra on December 02 2013 12:40 PM

Though most people eat about 4,500 calories worth of Thanksgiving goodies on the day, what they eat can differ from state to state. Even though most Thanksgiving plates feature the standard turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy and pies, there are quite a few regional differences in the details.

While mashed potatoes are the favored potato dish for Thanksgiving in most places, states along the Bible Belt prefer a potato casserole, Louisiana prefers potatoes au gratin and those in North Dakota love scalloped potatoes.

Green beans are the most popular side dish in 45 of the 50 states. But in Texas, rice is the preferred side, as are corn-based dishes in Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Opinions are divided on pie. While apple is the No. 1 pick on the East and West Coasts, it’s sweet potato in the Southeast, pumpkin in the Midwest and pecan in Texas and Oklahoma.

Here are the top turkey preparations, pies, potato dishes, sides and more in each state:

thanksgiving-01 Here's how Thanksgiving plates differed from state to state this year.  IBTimes/Lisa Mahapatra

Based on Tableau’s Jewel Loree’s analysis of data from AllRecipes.com, of 200 million page views during November.

Join the Discussion