What Are Kentucky's Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes?

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We all know that turkey is the MVP of Thanksgiving dinner, but can you imagine the occasion without the rest of the fixings? As millions of Kentuckians prep their holiday meals, here at BetKentucky.com we decided to find out what Thanksgiving side dishes are most popular amongst residents of the Bluegrass state.

In addition to providing the latest Kentucky sports betting news, we like to take a data-driven approach to everything we do here at BetKentucky.com. So for this analysis, we started by using Google Trends to identify the most searched-for side dishes in the United States. According to our research, these are Mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce.

From there we localized the results and found out which of the above side dishes were the most Googled in Kentucky last Thanksgiving season — from November 1st to 30th, 2022.

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Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes of Kentucky Residents

According to our results and something you certainly wouldn't find on Kentucky betting apps, these are the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes in Kentucky!

RankSide DishesInterest Over Time Period
2Macaroni and Cheese9
T-3Sweet Potato Casserole6
T-3Mashed Potatoes6
5Green Bean Casserole5

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Stuffing Wins By a Landslide

It’s stuffing that Kentuckians love the most alongside their Turkey dinner — and if your family is anything like mine, there’s that one uncle who every year makes a point of saying, “Ya know, I actually like the stuffing even more than the turkey!” Stuffing itself is a deceptively simple mixture of bread, celery, onions, herbs, butter, and eggs (to bind it all together). However, it’s the infinite variety of ingredients that make it such a fascinating and diverse side dish. Sausage, dried fruit, and nuts are common additions to stuffing. If you’re looking to shake things up, you could try adding apples, blue cheese, or even oysters to the mix.

While traditionally cooked inside the empty cavity of the raw turkey, these days most opt to cook their stuffing in a separate dish. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends doing so, as cooking stuffing inside the bird may introduce dangerous bacteria — not the impression you want to leave on your friends and family this holiday season.

The Best of the Rest

After stuffing, it’s macaroni & cheese that Kentuckians are making room for on their Thanksgiving dinner plates. This classic comfort food also boasts several trendy alterations, but even in its simplest form, it’s sure to delight. Next up sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes are tied for the third most popular Thanksgiving side dish in Kentucky. Root vegetables are a staple of the fall harvest, and these two dishes represent both the sweet and savory sides of the versatile veggies.

Finally, the fifth favorite Thanksgiving side dish in Kentucky is green bean casserole. Did you know the traditional recipe for green bean casserole was created by the Campbell Soup Company? Back in the 1950s, the soup giant was just looking to sell cans of cream of mushroom soup, but it’s since become a Thanksgiving staple across the country.

Regardless of what you’re eating on Thursday, November 23rd, you’ll want to check out BetKentucky.com to make sure you’re loaded up with all the latest Kentucky sportsbook promo codes ahead of Thanksgiving day football games!

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Jeff Parker is a writer for BetKentucky.com. A writer for film, television, and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with an actual Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full-time as a documentary filmmaker and producer.

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