What Side Dish is Most Popular at Pennsylvania's Thanksgiving Tables?

What Side Dish is Most Popular at Pennsylvania's Thanksgiving Tables?
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Residents of the Philadelphia area and fans of sports betting in Pennsylvania have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

On the eastern side of the state, fans have an undefeated NFL team in the Philadelphia Eagles and just went through a thrilling run that ended with the Philadelphia Phillies a few games short of winning the World Series.

Philly fans also cheered the Philadelphia Union all the way through to a tough loss in the Major League Soccer championship game.

(Of course, it has been a rare poor season so far for Pittsburgh Steelers fans.).

So, as you put aside the Pennsylvania sports betting apps for a bit, let’s look at another fall tradition: The Thanksgiving meal.

Before you put that turkey or ham in the oven, PennStakes.com wanted to know: What do fellow Pennsylvanians most enjoy as side dishes that go with the main course?

You won’t be able to find odds for this at BetRivers Pennsylvania or other sportsbooks in the state, but we do have results.

Which Thanksgiving Side Dishes Are Most Popular in PA?

Utilizing Google Trends, PennStakes.com analyzed the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of Pennsylvania residents by looking at the search results of each side dish from Nov. 1, 2021 to Nov. 30, 2021.

The dishes analyzed were the most in total searches in the United States, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, Brussels sprout and cranberry sauce.

Here are the Keystone State’s top five favorite side dishes:

RankSide Dish% Interest
🍗 1Stuffing31%
🍗 2 Macaroni & cheese22%
🍗 3 Mashed Potatoes21%
🍗 4Green bean casserole17%
🍗 5Cranberry sauce9%

 

Results Throughout State

Officially defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, stuffing is a seasoned mixture (as of bread crumbs, vegetables, and butter) that is typically placed inside the cavity of a turkey, vegetable, etc. and cooked.

We also did a bit of research on what is the most popular side dish of each major region in the state and ... you guessed it, stuffing took home the championship.

Pittsburgh-area residents topped the list at 35%. The Wilkes Barres/Scranton region of the state – the childhood home of President Joe Biden – came in a close second with 33%.

The Harrisburg/Lancaster region was right there at 32%. The City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia – rounded out the top four with 28%.

Food and Football

Philadelphia Eagles fans will be tuned into the NFL tripleheader that day as NFC opponents will compete in the afternoon and evening games and could provide some playoff context.

The Eagles are off to the best start in their history at 8-0. FanDuel Sportsbook PA has the Eagles at +500 to win the Super Bowl, behind only the Buffalo Bills (+300). The Eagles are favored the win the NFC at +185, followed by the San Francisco 49ers (+500) and the Dallas Cowboys (+550).

Speaking of Dallas, here are the Thanksgiving Day matchups:

  • Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions (CBS, 12:30 p.m.)
  • New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (FOX, 4:30)
  • New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (NBC).  
    Follow PennStakes.com for sports betting news and for the best PA sportsbook promo codes. Eat up, enjoy the games and give thanks.
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Contributors

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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