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Favourite Thanksgiving Day side dishes, desserts ranked by province

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Canadians have different tastes when it comes to their favourite Thanksgiving Day dishes and desserts.

While turkey is the anchor of nearly every Thanksgiving, Canadians have varying opinions on how best to complement their roasted birds.

International food magazine, Chef’s Pencil, analyzed Google Trends based on the number of searches done last year around Thanksgiving to determine each province’s all-time favourite side dishes and desserts.

Mashed potatoes are one of the most popular side dishes in all the provinces but were most preferred in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut.

Brussels sprouts, roasted or with ham, are the top favorite in British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon.

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Scalloped potatoes are the number-one side dish in Newfoundland and Labrador and Butternut squash, roasted or as a soup, is the top favorite side dish in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, according to Chef’s Pencil.

When it comes to sauces, gravy wins the popularity contest in almost all provinces except Newfoundland and Labrador, where cranberry sauce is king.

Not every province prefers the classic slice of pumpkin pie, either.

In Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, apple pie reigns supreme. New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island also prefer apple crisp to pumpkin pie.

Chef’s Pencil analyzed the data around Thanksgiving last year, focusing on the five days when the typical Thanksgiving food frenzy is highest. Specifically, the magazine reported on Google Trends data Oct. 8 through 12, as recipe search activity remains high one day after Thanksgiving, according to the magazine.


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