In this blog’s many arguments for pumpkin pie over sweet potato pie, never have I asked the preference of America — possibly because the evidence would’ve been too overwhelming for Randy to counter. After all, the holiday were here. But the New York Times published a slice of the country’s opinion this week, and true to the surveillance journalism Randy and I helped pioneer, I can’t ignore the numbers. As the Times analyzed the top 50 search terms on AllRecipes.com the day before Thanksgiving, the results were clear. America wanted a certain pie.
Sweet potato casserole came first, but I’ve never had beef with sweet potato casserole. After pumpkin pie, did sweet potato pie come next? Only if sweet potato pie was sometimes called green bean casserole. Following on the list: pecan pie, apple pie, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pie crust (just the crust), deviled eggs, cheesecake, mashed potatoes, pumpkin cheesecake, turkey, and then finally…
It finished just ahead of mac and cheese, which I love but, let’s face it, is a cute dish pajama-wearing children make all the time in minutes. If sweet potato pie wants to be taken seriously… better luck next year?