Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes in Louisiana

Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Thanksgiving has arrived and you probably already have the turkey sitting in your freezer waiting to be thawed, basted, baked or fried as you prepare to celebrate with your family and friends. 

But what will you be serving alongside your holiday bird? 

Utilizing Google Trends, LouisianaBets.com took a break from Louisiana sports betting and analyzed the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of Louisiana residents by looking at the search results of each side dish from Nov. 1, 2022 to Nov. 30, 2022. The dishes analyzed were the most in total searches in the United States, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce.

Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes in Louisiana

RankSide DishesInterest Over Time Period
2Macaroni & Cheese8
3Green Bean Casserole6
4Sweet Potato Casserole5
5Mashed Potatoes3

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It’s a Runaway for Top Choice

The most searched side dish is stuffing with more than twice as much interest level over macaroni and cheese. Green bean casserole was third, followed by sweet potato casserole with mashed potatoes bringing up the rear. The popularity runs across three major metro areas in Louisiana. Shreveport and Baton Rouge tied with 46% making stuffing the most popular, while New Orleans was close behind at 45%.

This would seem to be a Louisiana betting apps style upset of sorts, since mashed potatoes come out on top in most surveys of favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving. But Louisianans clearly left it way behind the others.

The difficulty with stuffing comes from the many different recipes available. You’ve got sausage and herb, butter and herb, celery, butter and herb, apple and herb, and so on and so on. In fact, FoodNetwork.com recently shared a list of 85 different recipes for stuffing as we prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts. That’s a lot of combinations to try, so good luck narrowing that down.

Serving mashed potatoes is the easy choice. Boil, mash, add some salt, butter, some milk and possibly some sour cream and you’re done. Maybe the survey just found the people looking for a degree of difficulty or they have that favorite stuffing recipe that’s been handed down for generations.

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.

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