Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes in Pennsylvania

On the Monday night before Thanksgiving, Philadelphia Eagles fans are looking for their team to kick the stuffing out of the Kansas City Chiefs. Should that happen, the likelihood is that Philadelphians will eat that stuffing, perhaps while cashing those Pennsylvania sports betting wagers.

As it is around the country, stuffing proved to be the most popular Thanksgiving side dish in the City of Brotherly Shove (43%) and around the Keystone State’s other largest cities (45%). Stuffing was more than twice as popular as the next two dishes; macaroni and cheese tied mashed potatoes for second place.

In fourth place is the vaunted green bean casserole and fifth is cranberry sauce. But is cranberry sauce really a side dish? It’s like fruity gravy and gravy isn’t a side dish. If you go to a diner and something is not on the plate, but in a little paper cup? It’s a condiment.

Anyway, here are the results from PennStakes.com, where the best PA sportsbook promo codes can be found.

Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes In Pennsylvania

RankSide DishesInterest Over Time Period
T2Macaroni & Cheese6
T2Mashed Potatoes6
4Green Bean Casserole5
5 Cranberry Sauce4

Side Dishes Not Making The Cut

Surveyed sides that didn’t make the top five among folks who might use Pennsylvania online casinos were: sweet potato casserole, candied yams, and Brussels sprouts. Brussel sprouts can be okay if you char them and crush their taste with garlic and butter, but it’s darn near impossible to mess up candied yams. They should have edged out cranberry sauce.

In Pennsylvania, one of the most popular stuffing recipes comes out of the state’s Dutch traditions and it uses potatoes as the base instead of bread or cornbread. Potatoes make the stuffing creamier and smoother, but less like stuffing and more like … potatoes. Wasn’t there a popular TV commercial with the tag line “stuffing instead of potatoes” at one time?

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A Cheesy Conversation

The most popular cheese in Pennsylvania is allegedly ricotta, which isn’t the best for macaroni & cheese unless you layer it with creamier mozzarella and fontina. If you want to taste varieties before you bring your own version to your Thanksgiving feast, head up to Scranton’s Ale Mary’s.

Aside from classic mac & cheese (with Gouda sauce) being available with nearly every dish – why just have a cheeseburger when you can have a mac & cheese burger – there are three other versions: The Seafood Mac (probably a bit much for a Thanksgiving table) comes with shrimp, lobster, fiery parmesan sauce and beer cheese; Taco Mac comes with beef tenderloin, queso and everything else taco; and Buffalo Mac comes with popcorn chicken, house wing sauce, gouda sauce, bleu cheese drizzle, and more. Sounds delicious and nap-inducing. Maybe just skip the turkey. Happy Thanksgiving.

PennStakes.com determined this list by analyzing the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of Pennsylvania residents as listed with Google Trends for the time period of Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2022. The dishes that we chose from were the ones that Americans searched for most. They were, in alphabetical order: Brussels sprouts, candied yams, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potato casserole.

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