The Craziest Thanksgiving Food Traditions in *Almost* Every State

In some states, chicken spaghetti is as popular as turkey.

Nearly every family has unique Thanksgiving traditions of their own. Some are stranger than others — just look at these oddball regional sides — but many unexpected favorites are strongly tied to the state you live in. General Mills' Plate By State breakdown of popular Thanksgiving food traditions across the country pulled from top searches on BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com and more recipe resources. These are the foods your state is searching for leading up to Turkey Day.

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Chelsea Lupkin
Alabama

If you've never tried sausage balls, get on board with Alamabans who love these crunchy, chewy, salty, smoky appetizers.

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Cinnamon Rolls
Dana Gallagher; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Erin Swift
Alaska

Alaska's onto something here. What better way to wake up on Thanksgiving Day than with warm, gooey cinnamon rolls?

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Garlic Cilantro Shrimp Horizontal
Sally McKenney
Arizona

We're not sure whether Arizona residents are having shrimp cocktail or another dish, but they search for lots of shrimp recipes this time of year.

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Horizontal
Ethan Calabrese
Arkansas

It's never a bad idea to whip up a pot of chicken and dumplings when you have guests coming into town.

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Beer Cheese Mac
Jonathan Boulton
California

Forget about cheesy potatoes — in California, Thanksgiving means macaroni and cheese is on the table.

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Ethan Calabrese
Colorado

It's definitely one of the more polarizing Thanksgiving dishes, but Colorado residents are adamant about making cranberry sauce to go with their turkey.

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Ethan Calabrese
Connecticut

In Connecticut, home cooks are holding onto fall flavors as long as possible by making butternut squash soup.

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Sweet potato casserole
Ethan Calabrese
Delaware

Whether or not you top it with marshmallows is up to you, but sweet potato casserole is a non-negotiable menu items in Delaware.

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Chelsea Lupkin
Florida

Forget about pumpkin pie — the Sunshine State prefers the classic Thanksgiving ingredient baked in creamy, pumpkin cheesecake form.

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Jon Boulton
Georgia

Mashed potatoes are great and all, but sweet potato casserole is totally necessary to balance out all those savory sides.

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Chocolate Banana Crescent Rolls Horizontal
Jonathan Boulton
Hawaii

In Hawaii, you can count on seeing crescent recipes on the table, whether baked up plain or with some crazy fillings.

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Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Ethan Calabrese
Idaho

In Idaho, biscuits are the popular choice over crescent rolls. Make sure you're stocked up on canned biscuits before the Turkey Day supermarket rush.

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Chelsea Lupkin
Illinois

Sometimes you just don't mess with a classic, and in Illinois mashed potatoes are key to turkey dinners.

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Jillian Guyette
Indiana

If you're overwhelmed by the wide array of dessert options, do as Indianans do and make a batch of peanut butter cookies.

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Apple Fritter Monkey Bread
Chelsea Lupkin
Iowa

Fill up on a big brunch before starting your Thanksgiving cooking marathon — Iowa suggests you put monkey bread on the menu.

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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Jonathan Boulton
Kansas

When it comes to easy appetizers, Kansas is keen on ham and cheese pinwheels.

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Vertical
Ethan Calabrese
Kentucky

Maybe turkey just isn't a favorite in Kentucky, because this time of year they're searching all over for a solid chicken and dumplings recipe.

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Louisiana

Typical stuffing seems boring next to Louisiana's got-to: cornbread dressing.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Vertical
Jonathan Boulton
Maine

Mainers are all about comfort food this time of year, and you just can't pass on a classic like chicken pot pie.

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Crab Cake Bites
Chelsea Lupkin
Maryland

Is there ever a family gathering in Maryland where crab cakes aren't served? Mini crab cake bites make a perfect pre-turkey appetizer.

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Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Chelsea Lupkin
Massachusetts

Pie just isn't good enough for Massachusetts residents, it seems. They prefer their desserts to be rich, like cheesecake.

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Tyler Florence Chili
Jonathan Boulton
Michigan

Midwesterners know what they're good at, so why wouldn't they make a pot of their favorite chili to eat while the Thanksgiving Day Lions game is on?

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Green Bean Casserole
Ethan Calabrese
Minnesota

Minnesotans never met a casserole that they didn't like, so it makes sense that green bean casserole is of the utmost importance when it comes to their Thanksgiving celebrations.

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Ethan Calabrese
Mississippi

Mississippi really came out of left field with this pick. Maybe they're making chicken spaghetti to serve at the kids' table?

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Slow-Cooker Hash Brown Casserole
Chelsea Lupkin
Missouri

When you're cooking for a crowd, there's no better option that Missouri's favorite breakfast casserole in the morning.

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Holiday Roasted Vegetables
Chelsea Lupkin
Montana

In Montana, there's no forgetting about healthy sides like oven roasted vegetables to go with all the other high-calorie options.

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Jon Boulton
Nebraska

Before the pumpkin pie, Nebraskans know that monkey bread should be priority.

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Chelsea Lupkin
Nevada

Don't be afraid to go old-school with your dessert table — because who doesn't love peanut butter cookies?

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Ethan Calabrese
New Jersey

Leave it to Jersey to go against the grain when it comes to classic dishes. why not make crab cake burgers to throw some seafood into the mix?

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Ethan Calabrese
New Mexico

This Southern classic apparently resonates with the Southwestern states as well. In New Mexico, pecan pie is a favorite dessert option.

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