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US Most Wanted Thanksgiving Side Dishes 2020




Thanksgiving is an exciting holiday in the US for more than one reasons; it is not just the gathering of families, it is also a time when we sit together to enjoy some of the most delicious meals. Don’t get me wrong, I highly appreciate the act of coming together, but I equally appreciate the joyous amount of food on the table. American families try various recipes that belong to different parts of the world. Thus, search for the many delicious food items begins around the holiday date. Uniquely searched Thanksgiving side dishes 2020, by states:

US Thanksgiving Side Dishes 2020



Gravy is a very popular search item among Thanksgiving side dishes in California. According to the data taken by Google, Californian’s have searched for gravy items the most. Gravy dishes rule the dining table with the thick sauce and nutritious ingredients. Californians love it and they are proving it with the highest number of searches this year.


Ham is searched by Arizona the most in 2020 among other Thanksgiving side dishes. For non-US readers, Ham is a favorite meal in the United States of America. It is pork meat, taken from the leg area. You can make a number of dishes with Ham and they all taste absolutely delicious. Some of my favorite meals include Baked Ham and Honey Chipotle Glaze, Bourbon Glazed Ham and Creamy Mushroom Ham with Potatoes. People of Arizona seem to share my taste.

Green Beans

Green Beans related food items are searched the most for in Nevada among other Thanksgiving side dishes. I am personally not a huge fan, I know it is a very healthy food item and it makes for great dishes but I just don’t vibe with them. Still people in Nevada see something in them that I am not able to see. If you are one of the green beans fan, I would recommend the following dishes:

  • Sheet pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans
  • Roasted Green beans with Harissa
  • Sausage Potato and Green Bean Packets
  • BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans & Cauliflower
  • Life-Changing Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs


Are you feeling low on your starch intake? People of Utah certainly are if you are not. It is because Yam is the most searched food item for this year’s Thanksgiving in the state of Utah. If you are from Utah too, searching for delicious Yam, try dishes like Golden Yam Brownies, Candies Yams and Yam and Apple Casserole.

Classic Stuffing

Wyoming is a state that loves Classic Stuffing the most over any other food item. At least this is what is shown by their searches for Thanksgiving 2020 side dishes. I am personally not interested the most in this as I believe there are better options on the table, like literally.

Mashed Potatoes

People in Colorado are searching for mashed potatoes the most. It is reasonable since you can do so much with mashed potatoes. The best ones in my opinion are Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Herbed Mashed Potatoes and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes

Many states especially Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Maine enjoy sweet potatoes. A habit fully reflected in the 2020 Google searches for Sweet Potatoes in these states as one of the Thanksgiving side dishes.  The search has especially peaked during the Thanksgiving season. Fruit Salad is enjoyed by IOWA only during the Thanksgiving time apparently.

Cornbread Casserole

Cornbread Casserole is a favourite treat for Missouri locals as it is the most searched food item on Google for the Thanksgiving 2020. It is one of the best food items that is not only loved by the Missouri natives but also by me.

Cranberry Sauce

Going south from Missouri, Arkansas seem to love Cranberry Sauce as it is the most beloved meal of Thanksgiving 2020 as far as the Google searches are concerned.

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli is good in something? I don’t really believe it and I don’t even want to find out. But Kentucky locals seem to really enjoy it and therefore they have the highest number of searches when it comes to Broccoli Casserole.

Baked Mac & Cheese

Baked Mac & Cheese is the most frequently searched item in the state of Indiana. The incredibly delicious food is equally liked by me. I might as well have to move to Indiana, at least for this year’s Thanksgiving.

Corn Bread Dressing

South Carolina seems to really like Corn Bread Dressing on the Thanksgiving dinner. Especially in 2020, it is the most searched item on Google.


On the hand, North Carolina consumes rice the most. This is also reflected in their searches in 2020 for Thanksgiving.

Duck Confit

Do you like to eat ducks on Thanksgiving Day? Residents of Maryland certainly do and their search volume for the food item shows exactly that.

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated all over the US as an annual traditional family dinner to acknowledge and be grateful to all the good things in one’s life. It is a federal holiday as it marks the beginning of the Christmas season. The lore behind this holiday tells us that it was the day European Pilgrims invited the Native Americans on dinner and let go off their differences. At this time, Pilgrims were having difficulty growing crops on the American soil and the natives helped them achieve this goal. To repay this act of kindness, Pilgrims prepared a feast and invited Native Americans to join.

When was the first Thanksgiving?

The very first Thanksgiving dinner took place in 1621. The feast between pilgrims and the Wampanoag lasted for three days. There are few records of the actual menu but it is known that the Wampanoag brought five deer. The pilgrims hunted for local fowl, including swans.

Thanksgiving was championed by Sarah Josepha Hale. She lobbied Congress for years to make Thanksgiving an official holiday. If it was not for her, Thanksgiving would not exist today. Sarah’s allegiance to Thanksgiving began in 1827. She hoped to make it permanently an American custom and institution. President Lincoln finally declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. The actual date of the actual Thanksgiving is not clear. President Lincoln is the one who assigned the holiday. He wanted it to fall on the last Thursday in November. This possibly coincides with the landing of the Mayflower in New England. President Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving. He changed it to one week earlier in 1939. FDR hoped that lengthened holiday shopping scene. He also thought it would alleviate the Depression. This resulted in two years of conflicting Thanksgiving Day celebrations. Some states refused to recognize the change.

By 1941, FDR gave in and signed a bill. He made the fourth Thursday in November the official date for Thanksgiving. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade originated in 1924. The parade originally stretched only two blocks and featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

When is Thanksgiving?

Now Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year. It is also after this day, Americans celebrate Black Friday and all the sales go live for the Christmas holiday shopping.

When does Thanksgiving break start?

The Thanksgiving break typically starts on 24th November and lasts till 28th November in educational institutes. Make sure you make your vacation plans accordingly.

Should I travel for Thanksgiving?

With how the pandemic has disturbed most of our plans this year, it has granted valid uncertainty and confusions among people. So, if you are asking questions like should I fly for Thanksgiving? Should I go home for Thanksgiving? Or should I visit family for Thanksgiving? You are not the only one. And, to answer all your questions, we say it is a resounding NO! If you have been apart from your family, it is highly recommended that you stay where you are this holiday. The number of cases and deaths is surmounting every new day in the USA and flights are being cancelled. Even if you do get to fly with all the precautions, you are putting yourself and those you will come in contact at risk.

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Sophia James is a writer at The News Engine; writing content on different niches like world, technology, lifestyle and news. I have a keen mind interest when it comes to exploring the most valuable stories out there. I believes in the idea that this world is filled with information that can benefit us in a variety of ways. Seeking knowledge is the most valuable act we can do as a author. The more we know, the better we can make our lives. I will continue to bring new interesting topics for you, keep an eye out!

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