Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it's all about my three favorite F's: Food, Family, and Football! The best of those F's is food. This year, so many people canceled their Thanksgiving plans to slow the spread of COVID-19 that many people will have more leftovers than ever before. Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, creamed corn, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes will take up so much space in refrigerators across the Treasure Valley that no one will have room for pumpkin pie.
Zippia.com took a look at Google Trends to determine the favorite side dish of every state. To no one's surprise, the top side dish is mashed potatoes. The bigger surprise is that Idaho's favorite side dish is NOT mashed potatoes. Instead, according to their data, Idaho's favorite side dish is green bean casserole.
Besides the undeniable fact that green bean casserole is gross, Idaho and potatoes go hand in hand. As a large part of our economy, I don't understand why Idahoans wouldn't support our own export on such a big day. The only explanation is that this data is somehow flawed. How can all of the surrounding states say that mashed potatoes are their favorite side dish, yet we, the potato experts, want green bean casserole? California, Washington, Nevada, and Montana are all potato states.
To see the data for yourself, you can visit Zippia's website and check out the map below to see how the entire country breaks out. If only John King were here to break it down for us like an electoral college map on CNN!