The Most Popular Unique Thanksgiving Recipe in Your State
Thanksgiving tends to follow a time-honored menu: turkey and/or ham, gravy, potatoes, dressing or stuffing, casseroles, and (of course) pies. But looking at the most-searched-for unique Thanksgiving recipes by state, Allrecipes discovered some surprising preferences as well as some we may have predicted: Minnesota loves wild rice stuffing, Texas makes tamales, and Georgia's gotta have sweet potatoes. Here's what your state craved when we crunched the Thanksgiving numbers.
Alabama: Sweet Potato Cobbler
A drop biscuit topping sets cobblers apart from crisps and crumbles — and makes the dessert a Southern favorite. When wed with sweet potatoes, the result is a Thanksgiving-worthy dessert that Alabama residents keep coming back to.
Alaska: Cornish Game Hen
A smaller breed of chicken, Cornish game hen tastes familiar but stands out as a holiday meat. No one can overlook an entire bird on their plate, after all. "This is the best Cornish game hen recipe I have ever found," Shannon Green says. "If I used four hens, I would double the sauce because when I boiled the sauce down it was perfect for two hens. Absolutely wonderful."
Arizona: Twice Baked Potatoes
Arkansas: Green Bean Bundles
"Steamed and then baked, these scrumptious green beans take on great flavor, because they are wrapped in bacon and bathed in a savory sauce. This recipe is best when you marinate the bundles overnight." — JESSICABAZEMORE
California: Persimmon Bread
Persimmons begin to crop up in California in late September. While this underrated fall fruit doesn't contribute much to this spiced quick bread's flavor (that's all cinnamon and nutmeg), it adds to its moist texture.
Colorado: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
"Sweet potatoes come in different colors, from white to yellow to orange to orange-red. The darker the inside, the sweeter it is. I chose white because I was adding maple syrup and brown sugar, but any sweet potato will do," recipe creator Yoly says.
Connecticut: Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
"The texture is actually closer to a pudding than a classic crème brûlée, and of course, the star of the dish is the crisp sugar top," recipe creator Chef John says. "This is great for your busy holiday schedule since you can make them the day before and then finish the sugar torching before you serve."
Delaware: Strawberry Pretzel Salad
A trifecta of buttery-sweet pretzels, whipped cream cheese, and strawberry Jell-O make this dish an American retro favorite.
District of Columbia: Butternut Squash Risotto
What sets this risotto apart from other recipes? Mashed butternut squash. And it's enough to earn this recipe 400 (and counting) five-star reviews.
Florida: Green Bean Cups
Bake green bean casserole in muffin tins or ramekins for a fun single-serve take on a classic.
Georgia: Sweet Potato Soufflé
Beating the egg whites before transferring them to a mixture of whipped sweet potatoes, milk, and egg yolks gives soufflé its cloud-like texture.
Hawaii: Pumpkin Crunch Cake
Yellow cake mix, butter, and pecans top this cake and take credit for its signature crunch. "Make sure you cook it long enough so the pumpkin layer sets up and the top layer gets cooked through so it has some crunch," Kelly McNamara says.
Idaho: Jell-O Salad
This mandarin orange and pineapple Jell-O salad resembles a favorite Idaho recipe, though some opt for one fruit over the other.
Illinois: Glazed Carrots
Stick with a short-and-sweet list of ingredients to make these Glazed Carrots: butter, brown sugar, salt, and white pepper.
Indiana: Dirt Pudding
You can give this no-bake pudding a fall makeover with mellocreme pumpkins and green frosting. After all, if you live in Indiana, you're never too far from a pumpkin patch.
Iowa: Snickers Salad
Snickers salad makes an apperance at parties and potlucks all over Iowa, and holidays are no exception. This candy-studded dish may be the one "salad" anyone wants to eat on Thanksgiving. As reviewer Jenny says, "kids come running for this one!"
Kansas: French Silk Pie
Kentucky: Derby Pie
Though original recipe called for walnuts, most versions of Kentucky Derby Pie take advantage of Southern-grown pecans and use them instead.
Louisiana: Mirliton Casserole
"Mirliton (chayote) squash is the vegetable that is used to make this wonderful dressing. It's very popular here in Louisiana around the holidays." — MOUNTMAN
Maine: Chocolate Cream Pie
"This is an old family recipe my grandmother used to make me when I was a little boy," recipe submitter Cecil says. Cornstarch gives this Maine favorite a thick, pudding-like consistency.
Maryland: Banana Pudding
"The best no-bake banana pudding you will ever find," recipe submitter Kenneth Strother says. "Or so I've been told by many."
Massachusetts: Apple Crisp
A classic New England dessert, apple crisps can hold their own against Thanksgiving pies thanks to their spiced flavor and crunchy topping.
Michigan: Pistachio Salad
This Midwestern favorite mixes pistachio pudding, whipped topping, and canned pineapple into a fluffy treat that tastes even better with mini marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and mandarin oranges stirred in.
Minnesota: Wild Rice Stuffing
Wild rice abounds in Minnesota, so it's no wonder the grain would earn a prominent place at Thanksgiving dinner.
"Chitterlings or pork intestines are a favorite among Southern families. Traditionally, they are prepared during the holiday season," recipe submitter KERYNE says. "Be certain to pass the vinegar and hot sauce."
Missouri: Banana Pudding
This Southern dessert makes our list once again, this time thanks to the people of Missouri. With more than 3,000 ratings averaging fives stars, this banana pudding recipe won't let you down.
Montana: Pretzel Salad
"I had a similar recipe years ago and had lost it," reviewer MOBELIA says of this top-rated recipe. "When I found this, I made it for my family at Thanksgiving. My boyfriend ate about a third of it before we even got to my mom's house."
Nebraska: Corn Casserole
As one of the nation's largest corn producers, Nebraska doesn't take corn casserole lightly. And with butter, an entire container of sour cream, corn bread mix, and creamed corn, neither does this recipe.
Nevada: Ambrosia Salad
"This recipe has been in my family for years and years. We make it at every holiday family get together," recipe submitter smviolante says. Ambrosia strikes a nostalgic note for people all over the United States, and Nevada is no exception.
New Hampshire: Pumpkin Whoopie Pie
Both New England and Amish country claim whoopie pies as their own creation. Regardless of their origin, the treat remains a favorite in states like Pennsylvania, Maine, and (of course) New Hampshire.
New Jersey: Pernil
Pernil, slow-roasted pork shoulder or leg, steals the show at Puerto Rican Christmas dinners. Searches for this special occasion meat seem natural at Thanksgiving, too, thanks to New Jersey's large Puerto Rican population.
New Mexico: Pumpkin Roll
"Easier than you think! I put pecans in the filling. Amazing," Ruth Lynch says. "I made my mom one, and she's already putting in orders for Thanksgiving as gifts for her friends! I will definitely be making this again."
New York: Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing
Hot, peppery chorizo works wonders in traditional corn bread stuffing. Combining cornbread, which hails from Africa, with Spanish-style chorizo, this dish seems fit for the melting pot that is New York.
North Carolina: Sweet Potato Souffle
"People love puffy food, souffles being one of most versatile," says Chef John, who will walk you through the recipe. "As long as you don't knock all the air out of the egg whites in the batter, not much can actually go wrong. Since mashed sweet potato is the base, these souffles are even easier than the traditional method that requires a saucy base."
North Dakota: Cookie Salad
Cookie Salad holds a prominent place in the hearts of Midwesterners. But folks in North Dakota seem to love this cookie-topped concoction of vanilla pudding, buttermilk, whipped topping, and canned fruit most of all.
Ohio: Chess Pie
"It's a very sweet, rich pie, which cannot be described as anything but marvelous. This is not my personal recipe but was passed to me by my grandmother and from her grandmother and so on and so forth," recipe submitter T. Knecht says.
Oklahoma: Pumpkin Roll
"This is the most incredible recipe! I've been making it for a few years now. I make about six or eight at a time, and everyone I know waits all year till I make them at Thanksgiving." — jennifera
Oregon: Pumpkin Flan
Reviewers give this recipe five stars for its perfect pumpkin flavor, creamy consistency, easy preparation, and restaurant-worthy presentation.
Pennsylvania: Potato Filling
"These potatoes are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas! They are my husband's family tradition in Pennsylvania. This is the actual recipe from my husband's great-grandmother," Shauna Rhoads says. "There is a family 'secret ingredient' that I have never been told, and so it's not in this recipe. I believe it will still be yummy without the 'secret,' but if you happen to know what that is, then add it in!"
Rhode Island: Stuffed Mushrooms
South Carolina: Pineapple Casserole
You can count on this South Carolina classic to show up on special occasions, Thanksgiving included. This sweet bread stuffing pairs well with ham or roasted turkey.
South Dakota: Strawberry Pretzel Salad
It's not just Delaware, Montana, or South Dakota. People all over the United States love this salty-sweet dish. Read our Strawberry Pretzel Salad's reviews for proof — and plenty of tips.
Tennessee: Fudge Pie
"I never had Fudge Pie until I moved to Tennessee. A friend from church gave me this exact same recipe. I did have a deep-dish pie shell, and so I scaled the servings to 12, and it worked wonderfully! My husband and I loved it. This is going in the old recipe file to hand down to my daughters!" — srevels
Tamales are a Christmas tradition in Central American. And with Texas searching for tamales above all else, it seems Latinos have carried the tradition over to Thanksgiving. But we wouldn't be surprised if non-Latino families include tamales on their Turkey Day menus, too.
Utah: Frog Eye Salad
It's said this sweet pasta salad originated in Utah, where it remains as popular as ever. Several reviewers omit the coconut, but that's just a matter of taste.
Vermont: Maple Pumpkin Pie
Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state, so it's only natural that the sweetener found its way into the state's favorite desserts. Just be sure to use real maple syrup, not a corn syrup-based version, recipe submitter CAROLEALANA says.
Virginia: Giblet Gravy
"This old-fashioned giblet turkey gravy recipe is very easy to prepare," recipe submitter Bode says. Reviewers agree!
Washington: Vegan Pumpkin Pie
With apples being a major crop in Washington, you'd expect apple pie to be high on the list of favorite Thanksgiving dishes. But what you don't expect is Vegan Pumpkin Pie. Yet, there it is. While it does contain soy, our Pumpkin Pie (Dairy, Egg, and Gluten Free) accomodates most eaters.
West Virginia: Cranberry Salad
West Virginians can take advantage of locally-grown cranberries with one of our many cranberry salad recipes. "My family has been making this since I can remember," reviewer mommom says. "I put it in a old Tupperware Jell-O mold and fill the center with fresh cranberries. It is so pretty and so good with the turkey."
Wisconsin: Snicker Salad
Like neighboring Iowa, Wisconsin craves Snickers salad. You'll find this old-school salad in Wisconsin recipe books, but reviewers say our Apple Snicker Salad tastes like an old family recipe.
Wyoming: Frog Eye Salad
Thought you'd seen the last of Frog Eye Salad? Well, it's popular in four of Utah's closest neighbors, as well: Idaho, Nevada, and (of couse) Wyoming.