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.
If you've never tried sausage balls, get on board with Alamabans who love these crunchy, chewy, salty, smoky appetizers.
Alaska's onto something here. What better way to wake up on Thanksgiving Day than with warm, gooey cinnamon rolls?
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.
It's never a bad idea to whip up a pot of chicken and dumplings when you have guests coming into town.
Forget about cheesy potatoes — in California, Thanksgiving means macaroni and cheese is on the table.
In Connecticut, home cooks are holding onto fall flavors as long as possible by making butternut squash soup.
Whether or not you top it with marshmallows is up to you, but sweet potato casserole is a non-negotiable menu items in Delaware.
Forget about pumpkin pie — the Sunshine State prefers the classic Thanksgiving ingredient baked in creamy, pumpkin cheesecake form.
Mashed potatoes are great and all, but sweet potato casserole is totally necessary to balance out all those savory sides.
In Hawaii, you can count on seeing crescent recipes on the table, whether baked up plain or with some crazy fillings.
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.
Sometimes you just don't mess with a classic, and in Illinois mashed potatoes are key to turkey dinners.
If you're overwhelmed by the wide array of dessert options, do as Indianans do and make a batch of peanut butter cookies.
Fill up on a big brunch before starting your Thanksgiving cooking marathon — Iowa suggests you put monkey bread on the menu.
When it comes to easy appetizers, Kansas is keen on ham and cheese pinwheels.
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.
Typical stuffing seems boring next to Louisiana's got-to: cornbread dressing.
Mainers are all about comfort food this time of year, and you just can't pass on a classic like chicken pot pie.
Is there ever a family gathering in Maryland where crab cakes aren't served? Mini crab cake bites make a perfect pre-turkey appetizer.
Pie just isn't good enough for Massachusetts residents, it seems. They prefer their desserts to be rich, like cheesecake.
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?
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.
Mississippi really came out of left field with this pick. Maybe they're making chicken spaghetti to serve at the kids' table?
When you're cooking for a crowd, there's no better option that Missouri's favorite breakfast casserole in the morning.
In Montana, there's no forgetting about healthy sides like oven roasted vegetables to go with all the other high-calorie options.
Before the pumpkin pie, Nebraskans know that monkey bread should be priority.
Don't be afraid to go old-school with your dessert table — because who doesn't love peanut butter cookies?
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?
This Southern classic apparently resonates with the Southwestern states as well. In New Mexico, pecan pie is a favorite dessert option.