Study reveals what an ideal Indiana Thanksgiving dinner plate looks like

Take a moment and imagine the perfect plate of Thanksgiving food. How does it look? Your plate will surely include some meat, a few side dishes and, if your plate is big enough, a dessert or two. So, which of these things do you ride? Think about your plate – we’ll get to that in a moment.

When it comes to Thanksgiving food, tastes and preferences vary from state to state and region to region. Ever wonder what the rest of Indiana likes to eat on Turkey Day? Well, someone with more free time than us has taken an analytical approach to answering this question. The folks at Shane Co. looked at Google Trends search data to determine the most popular Thanksgiving dishes for each state. You might be surprised by the results – I certainly was.


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Read on to see what the ideal Indiana Thanksgiving dinner plate would look like, but let’s look at the rest of the country first.

You would probably assume that an overwhelming majority of the country prefers turkey as their main meat, right? However, this is not the case. According to the data, 23 states choose turkey over other meats (Indiana is NOT one of those states) — leaving 27 states that chose a different meat. How about dessert? Everyone loves pumpkin pie the most, right? Not as much. Pumpkin Pie is the top choice for only 16 states and Indiana is NOT one of them.

Thanksgiving dessert

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What Hoosiers Prefer on Thanksgiving

According to this study, a Thanksgiving plate in Indiana “should” look like this…

  • Meat: ham
  • Side #1: Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Supplement #2: Corn
  • Side #3: Carrots (What? Not mashed potatoes?)
  • Dessert: Pudding

How does that compare to your perfect plate?

What do Illinois and Kentucky eat?

What about the rest of the Tri-State? An Illinois Thanksgiving plate includes lamb (so fancy), Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, lettuce, and pumpkin pie. In the state of bluegrass, Kentuckians fill their plates with ham, mixed vegetables, broccoli, broccoli casserole and pudding.

There is much more information in this study; You can see everything here.

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