With Thanksgiving right around the corner, preparation is well underway. This year, though, you may see less turkey on Turkey Day.
A Thanksgiving with no turkey? This may seem drastic to some – it is an iconic main, after all – however, a recent study found that roast turkey isn’t the most popular Thanksgiving recipe in 2022. Instead, people across America are searching for more meat-free recipes to impress.
The study saw YorkTest scour Google Keyword Planner data over the past year to determine which Thanksgiving recipe each state has a growing appetite for.
So, “what’s for dinner?”…
Although the turkey remains an iconic centerpiece for many, the recipe with the biggest rise in searches across America (3,883% higher than last year), and the most popular dish to be served during the November holiday, is, baked brie!
Everyone celebrates Thanksgiving differently, though. Below, look through a state-by-state breakdown of the most popular holiday recipes this year. How has your state fared?
The most popular Thanksgiving recipes in each state in 2022
|State||Recipe||Increase in appetite for 2022|
|Alaska||Baked Brie / Glazed Carrots||100%|
|Arkansas||Turkey Soup / Cranberry Sauce / Corn Casserole||50%|
|Connecticut||Baked Sweet Potato||129%|
|Hawaii||Turkey Pot Pie||100%|
|Indiana||Stuffed Butternut Squash||150%|
|Iowa||Stuffed Butternut Squash||200%|
|Kentucky||Baked Brie / Stuffed Butternut Squash||100%|
|Maine||Turkey Pot Pie||200%|
|Maryland||Stuffed Butternut Squash||133%|
|Minnesota||Turkey Pot Pie||120%|
|Missouri||Stuffed Butternut Squash||100%|
|Nebraska||Baked Sweet Potato||150%|
|New Hampshire||Corn Casserole||150%|
|New Jersey||Roasted Parsnips||100%|
|New Mexico||Corn Casserole||125%|
|New York||Turkey Soup||85%|
|North Carolina||Turkey Soup||180%|
|North Dakota||Baked Brie / Baked Ham / Sweet Potato Pie||100%|
|Rhode Island||Turkey Soup||400%|
|South Carolina||Baked Brie||88%|
|South Dakota||Glazed Carrots||350%|
|Texas||Stuffed Butternut Squash||57%|
|West Virginia||Baked Brie||150%|
Vegetarian mains are soaring in popularity
Corn casserole and stuffed butternut squash have soared in popularity as the most searched-for recipes in six states, with a 200% search increase for corn casserole in Utah and stuffed butternut squash in Iowa. Since about ten percent of Americans over the age of 18 consider themselves vegan or vegetarian, these are most likely the go-to veggie mains for this year.
Turkey soup is the solution to leftovers
Leftovers? No problem! Turkey soup has also soared in popularity as the most popular Thanksgiving recipe in eight states, undoubtedly to fill lunch boxes around the nation for the following week. Unless, you’re from Rhode Island, where a 400% search increase for turkey soup means you’ll probably be eating it for the next month!
Baked brie to bring everyone together
Baked brie has become the most searched for recipe in ten states, but nobody loves the gooey delicacy more than the people of Colorado. A popular 90s party dish, the baked brie was designed for entertaining, so it’s no surprise that it’s making a comeback for the national get-together.
Kerri Ferraioli, expert nutritionist at YorkTest, commented on the research:
“Baked brie is a great party centerpiece, however, considering around 65% of the global population is intolerant to lactose, this popular recipe may well leave you unable to get your party hat on. To avoid any discomfort this Thanksgiving, we suggest doing a food sensitivity test to see what food you can get stuck into without getting weighed down.
“Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a very turkey-focussed celebration, so it’s great to see a rising appreciation for vegetarian and vegan recipes across the nation – butternut squash is a great source of antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E.
“Using leftovers for turkey soup is a great way to ensure you have healthy and nutrient-rich lunches prepared for the week after Thanksgiving.
“When getting stuck into your Thanksgiving feast, it’s easy to eat something that may not agree with you. Be sure to keep an eye out for symptoms of food sensitivity.”
YorkTest analyzed Google Keyword Planner data from the US over the course of a year, to determine which Thanksgiving recipes have had the biggest change in searches, to reveal the most popular Thanksgiving recipes for 2022. Data up to date as of November 2022.