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Most Popular Christmas Dishes By State

The holiday season is synonymous will food, but everyone celebrates in different ways! In the US, Christmas is always accompanied by a large dinner and sweet treats, but each state has its own special dish. Since Hearn Kirkwood makes deliveries on a daily basis to our customers in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, let’s take a look at the most popular Christmas dishes in these states!

Maryland: Crab Cakes

Are you surprised that crab cakes are the most popular Christmas dish in Maryland? Those who live in Maryland probably knew this answer right away, as the state loves their crab cakes all year-round. Whether they are served as an appetizer or the main course, crab cakes make a delicious Christmas meal.

Washington DC: Peanut Butter Cookies

The most popular Christmas dish in DC is actually a dessert- yummy peanut butter cookies. While these cookies are popular all year-round, they are often seen at the Christmas table, as they are simple, easy to make, and enjoyed by all.

Virginia: Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a favorite Thanksgiving dish, but the people of Virginia love it so much that they serve it on Christmas as well! The casserole is definitely a crowd-pleaser, especially when topped with warm, melted marshmallows.

Delaware: Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a staple for the Christmas holiday, as it’s the only time of year where we can build and decorate our own gingerbread house! Decorating cookies is always a fun, family activity, and adds a little childhood spirit and joy we all need.

Pennsylvania: Eggnog

Pennsylvania’s most popular Christmas dish is not food, it’s actually a drink! Eggnog is very popular this time of year, and many people enjoy is spiked with alcohol as a nice holiday treat.

New Jersey: Seafood

New Jersey has a large Italian-American population, so the state’s most popular food tradition is the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The feast originated in Southern Italy, and typically consists of seven different seafood dishes served on Christmas Eve. The 24th is a vigil or fasting day to the Italians, and the seafood reflects the abstinence from red meat until the big feast on Christmas day.

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