Side By Side Dishes For Thanksgiving

Turkey steals the show on many American Thanksgiving tables, but for many, it's all about the side dishes, appetizers and the pies — pumpkin, blueberry and pecan, but sweet potato and pot pies, too. And it's not Thanksgiving without sausage balls in Alabama and Tennessee, peanut butter cookies in Indiana or chicken spaghetti in Texas, according to an analysis of top recipe searches for the holiday broken down by state.

Either we've made it so often we could do it in our sleep or we've tired of it, but monkey bread — a sticky Hungarian coffeecake — showed up more often on searches than the perhaps-not-iconic -after-all green bean casserole. Minnesotans searched most often for variations on the concoction Campbell Soup Company dreamed up in the 1950s, but the casserole didn't show up as a favorite in any other state.

The top monkey bread searches came from Iowa, Nebraska and Rhode Island. In Missouri, they're expecting guests to either arrive early or stay overnight, because breakfast casserole was the top search. Buffalo chicken dip — we see a Thanksgiving Day football marathon in the works — was the top search in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The list of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes by state comes from sources American cooks have trusted for eons. General Mills pulled search data from, and other properties for the breakdown, which was published by The Daily Meal.

Alabama: Sausage balls

Alaska: Cinnamon rolls

Arizona: Shrimp

Arkansas: Chicken and dumplings

California: Macaroni and cheese

Colorado: Cranberry sauce

Connecticut: Butternut squash soup

Delaware: Sweet potato casserole

Florida: Pumpkin cheesecake

Georgia: Sweet potato casserole

Hawaii: Crescent rolls

Idaho: Biscuits

Illinois: Mashed Potatoes

Indiana: Peanut butter cookies

Iowa: Monkey bread

Kansas: Pinwheels

Kentucky: Chicken and dumplings

Louisiana: Cornbread dressing

Maine: Chicken pot pie

Maryland: Crab cake

Massachusetts: Cheesecake

Michigan: Chili

Minnesota: Green bean casserole

Mississippi: Chicken spaghetti

Missouri: Breakfast casserole

Montana: Oven-roasted vegetables

Nebraska: Monkey bread

Nevada: Peanut butter cookies

New Hampshire: Blueberry pie

New Jersey: Crab cake

New Mexico: Pecan pie

New York: Cheesecake

North Carolina: Sweet potato pie

North Dakota: Apple crisp

Ohio: Buffalo chicken dip

Oklahoma: Pecan pie

Oregon: Bread stuffing

Pennsylvania: Buffalo chicken dip

Rhode Island: Monkey bread

South Carolina: Sweet potato pie

South Dakota: Pumpkin pie

Tennessee: Sausage balls

Texas: Chicken spaghetti

Utah: Crescent rolls

Vermont: Butternut squash soup

Virginia: Macaroni and cheese

Washington: Sugar cookies

West Virginia: Buffalo chicken dip

Wisconsin: Shrimp

Wyoming: Pork chop

For all of these dishes and more, check out The Daily Meal's 101 best Thanksgiving recipes.

Tell us in the comments: What's the one Thanksgiving side dish your family expects every year?

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