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Southern New Year’s Day Dinner


According to tradition, New Year’s Day supper will bring you fortune in the year to come. Everyone in the South will be eating some type of pork, collard greens or cabbage, black eyed peas or Hoppin’ John, and cornbread.

It’s tradition, but how did it start? Well back in the days of that unfortunate war between the states, or civil war, Union troops swept through the south.

The Union troops took livestock and crops to feed their troops. What the union troops left for southerners was peas and greens that they didn’t consider good eats for people.

Well they became staples to keep families from starving during those times. The New Year’s tradition was born, a celebration dinner of those items that got folks through the difficult time. Forevermore to be regarded as a symbol of good luck.

Southern Collard Greens for New Year's Meal
The greens eaten represent wealth as they are flat and green like paper money. Typical greens served by southerners on New Years can be collard greens, cabbage, mustard greens, or turnip greens. Which ever you choose they are cooked slow and seasoned with ham hock.

Pork represents the hope of prosperity and bountiful harvest during the upcoming year. Typically a baked ham is served but some prefer pork chops, hog jowl, or pork roast.

Pork Roast with pan gravy

New Year Ham Recipes
More Pork Recipes from Julia’s Simply Southern HERE
Homemade Southern Buttermilk Biscuits in a sweetgrass basket with cotton flour sack cloth
Cornbread doesn’t represent anything, it just goes well with this dinner. If you’re not a cornbread fan, a batch of Southern Buttermilk Biscuits will do fine.
Of course we have to have some deviled eggs too! Those are served at every holiday meal!
Authentic Southern Style Deviled Eggs
“Southern food is all about the soul and history behind the food, which was developed quite simply, with what was readily available. Corn became grits and cornbread, greens grew plentifully such as cabbage and collards, and pigs were easy to raise and could be prepared a number of ways from pit roasted, to shredded, and even salted and smoked as hams (curing meat was a way to preserve it). Chickens were usually scratching in someone’s back yard and could easily be fried or stewed for chicken and dumplings. Southern food is comfort food, it wraps itself around you, and brings back memories of sitting on a front porch shelling peas with your grandmother, looking forward to whatever pot of goodness she was going to prepare.” ~ Mary Marshall
Southern Cranberry Apple Casserole dessert in a white baking dish. A delicious dessert for Christmas or a Southern new year dinner dessert
Don’t forget the dessert: Holiday Cranberry Apple Bake 


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Miz Helen

Monday 2nd of January 2017

Your New Years Day Dinner looks fantastic, we would be right at home with this special meal. Best wishes to you and your family for 2017 and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!Miz Helen

Julia's Simply Southern

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Thank you Helen! Happy New Year to you and your family!!