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As we all prepare for the Thanksgiving Day dinner, we found a recent survey which determined the most liked, and the least favorite dishes, on the Thanksgiving dinner table. For the purposes of this post, we’ll deal with America’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes. surveyed 2,100 participants from all over the United States to figure out our nation’s most popular holiday foods and current trends on the subject. Before we get to the Top 5 favorite Thanksgiving Day dishes, let’s check in on some of the other findings in this survey.

Believe it or not, Nevada’s most popular holiday dish is cranberry sauce! What? Really? I like cranberry sauce, but seriously, that’s our state’s favorite? OK then.

The survey also shows that most Americans enjoy an average of three alcoholic beverages on Thanksgiving. The states which down the most booze on this holiday are Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Ohio.

This was an interesting question which shows how much holiday traditions may be trending towards other options. Nearly 25%, or one in four respondents, were willing to try a vegan alternative to turkey or whatever protein you like to serve on Thanksgiving. The states with the most interviewees willing to try a vegan alternative were Washington, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, and Missouri.

And, with inflation and high prices at the grocery store on our minds, they also asked if folks were looking for more budget-friendly meal options for the holidays, and 69%, nearly 7 out of ten respondents, said “Yes!”

With all that in mind, let’s get down to business and see which Thanksgiving Day dinner items made the Top 5 in this survey.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

  • 5) Dinner rolls

    Dinner rolls


    This was a surprise for me. Out of all the different dishes on the Thanksgiving table, bread makes the Top 5? I admit, dinner rolls are delicious, but we all know that filling up on bread before the good stuff gets served is a Thanksgiving Day mistake.

  • 4) Macaroni and Cheese

    Macaroni and Cheese


    This was another surprise for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love macaroni and cheese as much as you do, but to be honest, I have never seen it served on a Thanksgiving table. If anyone serves it up this year, I won’t argue for one second. Love that stuff!

  • 3) Gravy

    Turkey gravy


    Now this is a Thanksgiving Day dinner table item that is an absolute must. I pour that turkey gravy on the turkey, mashed potatoes, and if it runs into other items on my plate, so be it. No surprise that gravy made the Top 5 in this survey.

  • 2) Turkey

    Roast Turkey


    Well, we knew the superstar of the Thanksgiving feast would make the Top 5, but I honestly thought it would top the list. I guess they may have interviewed some vegetarians or vegans for this survey. So, if you do enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving, do you prefer the white meat or the dark meat? I’ll take a heapin’ helpin’ of both!

  • 1) Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed Potatoes


    According to the survey, the king of the Thanksgiving dinner table are those creamy, fluffy, buttery, mashed potatoes. Hard to argue with that one. It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. Do you like them whipped and buttery, or chunky with lots of additions like sour cream, bacon bits, chives, etc? It all sounds good to me!