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Happy National Potato Day.
Today is the spud-tacular day we honor America’s favorite starch. Whether it’s your lunch break or happy hour, good chance potatoes make an appearance. From the potato chips in your lunch bag to the half-off potato skins you drown your sorrows with after work, they’re everywhere.
Fried, baked, roasted, mashed, souped, or however else you choose to eat them, potatoes are a people pleaser.
If you’re stumped on what potato to celebrate with, rest your head, we found each state’s potato dish of choice.
You can see your state’s favorite and some of our favorite findings below.
What We Found Out
- Fries win the potato wars, with an impressive 20 states preferring fries. This isn’t including beloved fried potatoes like potato skins either.
- If those potatoes aren’t fried, make ’em mashed, the favorite choice of another 7 states.
- Ya’ll in the south sure like casseroles- 6 southern states prefer their potatoes in casserole form.
- Not a single state loves hash browns or poutine the most, with some states preferring soup and other inferior choices instead. This definitively proves there that are wrong choices.
- Vermont had a whopping 6 potato foods they ate more than anyone else- latkes, poutine, potato skins, sweet potato fries, home fries, and, potato salad. Check on your friends in Vermont, they’re probably fine, but they’re eating a ton of potatoes.
- Texas was the only state with Fried Mashed Potato Balls as a favorite.
HOW WE DETERMINED THIS
Using Google Trends, we determined which states were the most avid fans of each potato dish.
We examined 40 different favorite potato concoctions, covering the most common and beloved dishes. We included the fried favs, the covered potato-dishes brought to family gatherings, and a range of yummy potato sides. This ended up bring a pretty comprehensive list of potato dishes. So odds are good we covered your favorite.
To Fry Or Not To Fry
The answer is “to fry.” Whether that fry is curly, crinkle-cut, shoe-string, covered in cheese, or onion-ring style is up to you.
Or maybe fries aren’t your speed, and you would prefer your potato baked, roasted, or Hassleback. Shoot, maybe you’ll buck tradition and get some yummy hash browns. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to be delicious.
So spend your International Potato Day wisely, stocking up on America’s favorite starch.
Each State’s Favorite Potato
|Alabama||Sweet Potato Casserole|
|Arkansas||Twice Baked Potato Casserole|
|Kansas||Twice Baked Potato Casserole|
|Kentucky||Hash Brown Casserole|
|Mississippi||Twice Baked Potato Casserole|
|Missouri||Crinkle Cut Fries|
|New Hampshire||Hasselback potatoes|
|New Jersey||Shoestring fries|
|New Mexico||Cheese Fries|
|New York||Belgian Fries|
|North Carolina||Waffle Fries|
|North Dakota||Mashed potatoes|
|Rhode Island||Home Fries|
|South Carolina||Baked Sweet Potato|
|South Dakota||Air Fryer Potatoes|
|Tennessee||Hash Brown Casserole|
|Texas||Fried Mashed Potato Balls|
|Virginia||Crinkle Cut Fries|
|West Virginia||Potato soup|