When we think of Thanksgiving, classic dishes like cranberry sauce, stuffing and green bean casserole come to mind. It turns out some people break tradition and celebrate Thanksgiving with some non-traditional dishes.
By taking the top searches on websites like Betty Crocker.com and Pillsbury.com, General Mills compiled a map of the most popular and unique Thanksgiving food in each state. Throughout the South, people searched for everything from pies to casseroles. Southerners don’t stray too far from traditional flavors and ingredients, like sweet potato, but a few states have some odd choices that made the list.
Here are the traditional and not-so traditional Thanksgiving foods people are searching for in the South.
Alabama: Sausage balls
Arkansas: Chicken and Dumplings
Florida: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Georgia: Sweet Potato Casserole
Kentucky: Chicken and Dumplings
Louisiana: Cornbread Dressing
Maryland: Crab Cake
Mississippi: Chicken Spaghetti
North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie
South Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie
Tennessee: Sausage balls
Texas: Chicken Spaghetti
Virginia: Macaroni and Cheese
West Virginia: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Photo credit pumpkin cheesecake: Southern Kitchen
Photo credit cornbread dressing: Maura Friedman
Photo credit sweet potato pie: Ramona King
Photo credit macaroni and cheese: Ideabar Austin