Massachusetts Likes Stuffing as Top Thanksgiving Side Dish

Massachusetts Likes Stuffing as Top Thanksgiving Side Dish
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

With a little more than two weeks until Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 24, family and friends will get together to sit down for dinner and celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Of course, that ham and turkey entrée just won’t cut it when it’s time to eat.

What do you use as a go-to for main course sides when served during the bevy of afternoon football games that will be watched during the course of the afternoon and evening?

Utilizing Google Trends, analyzed the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of state residents by looking at the search results of each side dish from Nov. 1, 2021 to Nov. 30, 2021.

No, these aren’t your usual odds that will come alive when sports betting in Massachusetts gets going in 2023.

The dishes analyzed were the most in total searches in the United States, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni & cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce.

The Most Popular Thanksgiving Side Dishes in Mass.

Here are the Bay State’s top five favorite side dishes:

RankSide Dish% Interest
🍗 1Stuffing29%
🍗 2 Mashed Potatoes24%
🍗 3Macaroni & cheese23%
🍗 4Green bean casserole13%
🍗 5Cranberry sauce11%

As officially defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, stuffing is “a seasoned mixture (as of bread crumbs, vegetables, and butter) that is typically placed inside the cavity of a turkey, vegetable, etc. and cooked.”

We also checked what is the most popular side dish of each major region in the state. Again, stuffing won out.

New Bedford-area residents topped the list, picking stuffing at 32%. The city of Boston came in a close second at 29% and Springfield was 28%.

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Patriots in Thanksgiving Nightcap

Don’t let that big meal get you sleepy in Massachusetts.

You will need to stay focused on the last game of the tripleheader, when the New England Patriots travel to play the Minnesota Vikings (NBC, 8:20).

Enjoy, eat up and be thankful: Massachusetts sports betting apps will be coming soon! 



Lou Monaco

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 ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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