Thanksgiving is two weeks away and preparations are being made all throughout the Commonwealth on menu selections, shopping lists and a quick check on the beverage inventory.
Utilizing Google Trends, BetMassachusetts.com took a break from sports gambling in Massachusetts and analyzed the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of state residents by looking at the search results of each side dish from Nov. 1, 2022 to Nov. 30, 2022.
The dishes analyzed were the most in total searches in the United States, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce. Here are the favorites:
Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes in Massachusetts
Stuff Yourself With Stuffing
Who can blame them? The side dish of the Commonwealth is stuffing (16%), which is also the most popular in two of the state’s top cities: Boston (43%) and Springfield (42%).
As officially defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, stuffing is “a seasoned mixture (as of breadcrumbs, vegetables and butter) typically placed inside the cavity of a turkey, vegetable, etc. and cooked.” Mashed potatoes (9%) and macaroni and cheese (7%) round out the top three, with green bean casserole (4%) and cranberry sauce (3%) rounding out the top five.
Friday Leftovers for Local Sports Fans
Make sure you save some of those side dish leftovers for Friday while you’re using some legal betting apps in Massachusetts, as three local teams play in the afternoon. Things kick off with college football’s Miami at Boston College at noon in their first meeting since a 27-14 home win by the Eagles in 2018. Boston College is a dismal 6-24 against the Hurricanes all-time.
On the professional side, the NHL Boston Bruins will host the Detroit Red Wings at 1 p.m. and the NBA Boston Celtics will visit the Orlando Magic at 2:30 p.m.
Additionally, keep an eye out for the ESPN sportsbook in Massachusetts, which launches in mid-November.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.