The top Thanksgiving side dishes in Arizona

Arizona’s Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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With Thanksgiving around the corner and two hotly contested political races in Arizona settled, it’s time to turn our attention to everyone’s favorite part of the holiday – the side dishes.

Before getting into a food coma and discussing politics and football, we decided to take a break from Arizona sportsbooks and explore the most popular Thanksgiving dishes.

It was no surprise that the competition was fierce. Luckily, mashed potatoes are not pointing fingers at anyone for voter fraud.

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Arizona’s Favorite Side Dishes

RankSide Dish% Interest
2Mashed Potatoes23%
3Green Bean Casserole21%
4Macaroni & Cheese20%
5Cranberry Sauce11%

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Stuffing and mashed potatoes take the lead.

Stuffing has claimed the number one position due to its versatility. It can be made in various ways – vegan, with sausage, cherries, raisins, or apples, and with different types of bread. It is not uncommon for Thanksgiving dinners to include two different kinds of stuffing. In a recent survey, stuffing was voted the top side dish in both Phoenix and Tucson.

Next on the menu are mashed potatoes. Potatoes can be grown in Arizona during two short seasons, with a popular variety having smooth yellow skin and yellowish flesh thriving in the hot climate. Interestingly, there is also a potato variety named Arizona, even though it does not originate from the state of Arizona.

On the other hand, you could try Arizona Potatoes, which combines cream, mushroom soup, corn flakes, and hash browns for a tasty dish. Mashed potatoes also provide endless variations to suit different tastes and cooking methods.

Potatoes serve as a blank canvas for flavor, easily influenced by the addition of cheese, butter, cream, or chives to create a whole new dish. The texture of mashed potatoes, whether smooth or chunky, greatly impacts the overall taste. Personally, I enjoy mine with a little bit of texture and a hint of garlic.

Also In The Mix…

Green bean casserole takes the third spot in Arizona. I used to think this dish was created by Campbell’s to sell more cream of mushroom soup, but I found out during my research that it was actually invented in a Campbell’s test kitchen in 1955.

The residents of Yuma chose green bean casserole with crinkled fried onions as their favorite dish.

Next up is macaroni and cheese, a classic side dish for any holiday and a staple at the children’s table. It’s difficult for me to picture the pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal of pasta together.

Cranberry sauce, which received just 11% of the vote, came in fifth place. I do not agree with the survey’s classification of cranberry sauce as a side dish, as I believe it is more accurately described as a Thanksgiving condiment.

Over time, cranberry sauce has transformed from its classic canned gelatinous state to a more sophisticated blend of fresh cranberries, orange zest, and nutmeg. Despite this evolution, the canned version remains the top pick. This tangy condiment complements sweet stuffing and turkey gravy beautifully on the dinner table.

Methodology used Google Trends to analyze search results from November 1 to November 30, 2021 and determine the top Thanksgiving side dishes favored by Arizona residents.

The top searched dishes in the United States were mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, brussel sprouts, and cranberry sauce.

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Jenkins Amy
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With a strong journalistic background, Amy Jenkins has extensive experience covering the Arizona sports betting market for Before focusing on U.S. sports betting, she worked at reputable publications such as the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, Jenkins played a pivotal role in launching as a founding editor.

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