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What’s Cooking in North Dakota? The most popular Thanksgiving dishes

BISMARCK, ND (KXNET) — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people are scrambling to create the perfect dishes to get the family together — and according to the search results, there are a few new, old, and alternative dishes along the way dining table.

If you’re out of ideas or want something new on the menu, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Food sensitivity specialists at YorkTest analyzed Google US search data in each state to identify the most searched dishes served at Thanksgiving meals in the US.

Regarding the whole country, a strange unexpected dish has climbed the ranks as a Thanksgiving season staple: baked brie cheese. Once a party dish, many people see it as the perfect way to welcome family back for the holidays — and the most searched recipe according to ten states. Other entrees that showed appetite increases include stuffed butternut squash, corn casserole and turkey soup – the latter of which saw the largest increase in searches (Rhode Island’s desire for turkey soup is up a whopping 400% since 2021).

When it comes to North Dakota, the state has one of the highest numbers of new recipes being hunted: three dishes that have the most search results, each with 100%. Baked brie has once again sparked interest here, but two other old Thanksgiving classics — baked ham and sweet potato pie — have also popped up on double search levels.

The key takeaways from the study are simple: people are looking for more vegetarian dishes and sides, or for creative ways to get rid of leftovers. Before you put on your chef’s hat, however, Yorktest reminds you to consider your guests’ food sensitivities and tastes when putting together a Thanksgiving menu.

“Baked brie is a great centerpiece for parties, but when you consider that about 65% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant, this popular recipe may leave you unable to put your party hat on,” nutritionist Karri Ferraioli said in a press release. “To avoid any awkwardness this Thanksgiving, we recommend doing a food sensitivity test to see which foods you can get stuck on without complaining. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a celebration that focuses heavily on turkey, so it’s great to see vegetarian and vegan recipes gaining traction across the country – butternut squash is a great source of antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E. Use of Leftover turkey soup is a great way to ensure you’re making a healthy and nutritious lunch for the week after Thanksgiving.”

Depending on the recipe, you may not even need to search for a recipe: in our Cooking with KX segment, Kyara Brown took the opportunity to show us how to cook some of these popular recipes. Be sure to check them out!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Do you have something new you’re planning this year? Be sure to let us know on our social media pages!

Visit the Yorktest website for the full study and a list of which dishes are hot in which states.