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No New England Thanksgiving Is Complete Without This One Side

No New England Thanksgiving Is Complete Without This One Side

This underrated roll is so important

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that has deep traditions and associated dishes that have been on plates for centuries. For most of America and New Englanders specifically, there is one side dish that is often overlooked but is wholly integral to the holiday experience: Parker House Rolls.

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According to the James Beard Foundation, the Parker House Roll was first created in the kitchens of the Parker House Hotel in Boston (the same place where another Classic American regional icon, the Boston Creme Pie, was created) in the late 1800s.

Even if you don’t know them by name, you’ve definitely had them before. The Parker House roll is made by rolling dough into an oval shape and folding it in half before baking. The resulting roll is delicate and airy with a slightly crispy exterior and a slightly sweet and light flavor. The classic Parker House Roll recipe has just six simple ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, butter, yeast and egg.

Today, you can still find the original Parker House Roll (and Boston Creme Pie) at the Omni Parker House, but it’s remarkably easy to make your own version at home. And no traditional holiday feast is complete without it or these nine other New England-inspired Thanksgiving recipes.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.


22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.