Texas Favorites: Thanksgiving Sides Edition

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Thanksgiving Sides

While most traditional Thanksgiving meals center around turkey as its main protein, most people enjoy the sides more than the meat. As you grow up, you realize that different families serve different sides at Thanksgiving even within your same neighborhood. However, the differences grow as you compare regions to other regions within the United States. Today we are going to explore Texas favorites, the Thanksgiving Sides Edition.

The Top 7 Sides

According to Straw Poll, these are the most popular Texas Thanksgiving Sides:

Cornbread Dressing-

Coming in at the top of the list is cornbread dressing. Is it even Thanksgiving without this side?! It is also known as stuffing. This side stems from Texas’ southern roots. There are many different recipes, but most include onion, celery, and sage as well as a combination of cornbread and regular bread.

Sweet Potato Casserole-

The second most favorite Texas Thanksgiving side is sweet potato casserole. Some are topped with marshmallows and some are topped with pecans (pronounced the Texan way—”puh-kaans”). This casserole is typically sweet, almost dessert-like.

Green Bean Casserole-

A green bean casserole is typically a crowd favorite. It is almost always on a Texan Thanksgiving menu. It is a combination of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and fried onions.

 Mashed Potatoes-

Americans eat mashed potatoes year-round. However, they are an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving menu because they pair so well with turkey gravy. Plus, who doesn’t love mashed potatoes?

Cranberry Sauce-

Surprisingly, cranberry sauce came in fifth place. There are two main kinds: jellied and whole cranberries. You can make it from scratch or open a can.

Macaroni and Cheese-

Macaroni and cheese, like mashed potatoes, is enjoyed throughout the year. However, on Thanksgiving, it is usually not from a box. This kid-favorite is easy to make from scratch.

Brussel Sprouts-

While not my favorite, brussel sprouts are an acquired taste. However, perhaps I’ve never had them prepared well. This recipe claims to be “The best brussel sprouts of your life.”

The Top 2 Desserts

Desserts are a Thanksgiving must. Typically pies are popular for this holiday. Again, according to Straw Poll, these are top two desserts:

Pumpkin Pie-

Pumpkin Pie is definitely a Thanksgiving staple so it is no surprise that it is the most popular dessert. However, I suspect that many people use pumpkin pie as a vessel or excuse to eat whipped cream.

Pecan Pie-

Pecan Pie is probably the most Texan-type pie as the pecan tree is the official Texas State Tree. Made with pecan halves and corn syrup this dessert is super sweet.

Now you know the most popular Thanksgiving sides for Texas. Between the carb load and turkey’s tryptophan, there is no mystery to the need of having a Thanksgiving day nap. Have a great day with friends and family!