Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What’s On Your Plate?

You might think Thanksgiving is the same everywhere you go but it’s not. If you travel across the country and you might see a hearty dish of mac and cheese where your beloved sweet potato casserole should be. Sometimes you can chalk it up to family tradition, but there's a unique connection between certain recipes and corners of the country. 

Want to know which dishes even count as "Thanksgiving foods"? Five Thirty Eight published a poll earlier this year asking for the most popular Thanksgiving dishes.

Okay, turkey won the number one spot but after that, the responses went all over the place depending on the region where each person lived.

Out West it’s Salad
Not talking about your leafy greens but more fruit salad, potato salad or our favorite, roasted butternut squash salad. I never heard of this but I need to try it. I love butternut squash. Then there’s something called frog eye salad…gross!.. Snickers salad! I’m in on this one.

Northeast: Squash
When it comes to using up that fall harvest, the Northeast has got the edge. There are so many delish recipes. Even though they're near the home of America's most famous potato rolls, this region doesn't eat a whole lot of bread. But read on to find out who does.

Southeast: Mac and Cheese
Wisconsin is the Dairy State, but the Southeast takes the lead when it comes to serving up gooey, creamy macaroni and cheese on Thanksgiving Day.

Central South: Cornbread
It wouldn't be a southern Thanksgiving without a slice of warm, buttery cornbread—or corn casserole. In fact, there are so many delicious southern Thanksgiving dishes, next week in honor or Auntie KiKi I’ll put together a collection of them.

Great Plains: Green Beans and Casseroles
...or you put them together for green bean casserole. This is an attempt at eating healthy (gotta get your vegetables in somewhere!).

Great Lakes: Rolls and Biscuits
Midwesterners really like their rolls, and who can blame them? Pass the carbs...that’s me!!

Stuffing, Anyone?
Like turkey, this dish is pretty universal. The difference, however, is that people in the South typically don't call it "stuffing"...unless it was actually baked inside the bird. Nope, to half of the country, this dish is referred to as "dressing."
 Time for Pie!!
Every part of the country serves pumpkin pie. But the Midwest or West, you might also be serving a cherry pie, too. The South is sweet potato pie and pecan pie, whereas New England and the Middle Atlantic stick to apple. 

So how does your family compares. What region of Thanksgiving are you?

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