These Are the Most Popular Thanksgiving Casseroles in Every State

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Let's Dish on Sides

Wherever you're from, you can almost bet turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls will be part of the spread at Thanksgiving dinner, no matter whose table you're seated at. Another thing you're likely to find — no, we're not talking about the cranberry sauce that maybe one person will scoop up — is some type of casserole

From corn bakes to potato-inspired dishes, each state has a favorite casserole — and maybe it's yours too. 

Healthy Homemade Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

It's gooey, it's savory, and it only requires four ingredients. No wonder people go gaga for green beans. This casserole, a favorite on Thanksgiving dinner tables across the nation, is the most popular side dish in these states:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Arizona (loaded green beans)
  • Missouri (loaded green beans)
  • Washington (loaded green beans)
  • California (gluten-free)
  • Oregon (gluten-free)

Related: Creative Thanksgiving Side Dishes To Make This Holiday Season

Homemade Corn Pudding Casserole

Corn Casserole

It might be a cow's favorite food, but that doesn't mean humans can't love eating corn too. Corn casserole can be prepared several ways: reminiscent of cornbread, made creamy and cheesy, or with added extras like bacon and jalapenos. However you like it, you're sure to find corn casserole as part of a Thanksgiving spread in these states:

  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Indiana (baked)
  • Louisiana (baked)
  • West Virginia (baked)
  • Illinois (creamy)
  • Nebraska (creamy)
  • South Dakota (creamy)
  • New York (gluten-free)

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Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

With crunchy pecans, decadent brown sugar, cinnamon, and toasted marshmallows, it's a wonder sweet potato casserole isn't considered dessert. Residents of these states prefer a sweeter casserole to a savory one with their turkey dinners:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Arkansas (canned sweet potatoes)
  • Georgia (canned sweet potatoes)
  • Pennsylvania (canned sweet potatoes)
Zucchini and potatoe casserole with cheese,  vegetarian food.

Squash Casserole

The combination of yellow squash, buttery cracker crumbs, and assorted cheeses must be a New England thing. It's the favorite casserole on Thanksgiving Day in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Neighboring Massachusetts and Rhode Island are also into squash casserole, but they opt for the butternut version.

Shepherd's Pie

Mashed Potato Cream Cheese Casserole

There's creamy mashed potatoes topped with gravy that can be made using the drippings from your turkey and then there's the decadence that is mashed potato cream cheese casserole. They are not the same. Just ask the residents of Connecticut and Tennessee

Homemade Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy Potato Casserole

From au gratin potatoes to baked cheesy hash browns, there's no denying that cheesy potato casserole is a delicacy. Yet only Delaware and Oklahoma feel like it belongs on the plate next to turkey and mashed potatoes over other casseroles.

Casserole with broccoli, potatoes, eggs and cheese.

Broccoli Casserole

Leave it to Kentucky to be the lone broccoli casserole fanatic on turkey day. Listen, we like a good broccoli and cheese bake well enough, but to put it on a pedestal and declare it a favorite over the likes of sweet potato and green bean casserole? How dare Kentuckians.