In this post I’ll be sharing all of my recipes for Southern New Year’s Day Food that bring luck and prosperity during the year ahead.
We could all use a bit of good luck, right? Certainly! The first dinner of the first day of a new year has deep rooted tradition, not only in the South, but for all cultures.
For some it includes eating grapes, fish, rice or sauerkraut. In the South it is pork, collards (or some type of greens) and field peas. Cornbread will be served on the side, of course.
“Collards for Dollars, Peas for Pennies”
The new year’s day meal at my own house will consist of a baked ham, collard green, black eyed peas, mashed potatoes and cornbread. The exact same meal that I’ve eaten every new year’s day my entire life.
I will continue to have this same meal for all of my new years to come too. Why chance it? I’m not going to.
“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt
New Year’s Eve Food Ideas
Let’s begin with the day before…new year’s eve. I have a few appetizer ideas that would be perfect for your celebration, whether a quiet evening at home, or with friends.
Did you know that some folks believe it is bad luck to eat lobster or chicken on new year’s eve? I’m fairly certain I’ve broken that lobster rule a time or two.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou
Traditional New Year’s Day Meal
Southern New Year's Day Recipes
Here are the traditional Southern new year's day meal recipes for good luck, health and prosperity during the new year.
Pork Roast with Orange Sauce
A delicious and juicy marinated pork roast with a fresh orange sauce. This is an easy main course for weekday meals and elegant enough for holidays.
Pan Fried Pork Chops
Southern pan fried pork chops are a delicious classic meal
Easy Country-Style Pork Ribs Recipe with Barbecue and Roasted Garlic
Tender fall apart country style ribs recipe, baked in the oven with roasted garlic, barbecue and a few seasonings for a delicious meal.
Herb and Garlic Boneless Pork Roast
A simple and elegant crusted pork roast with herbs and garlic, easy enough for weeknight meals and special enough for the holiday table.
Slow Cooker Ham & Pineapple Glaze
Easy slow cooker ham recipe with a pineapple cooking glaze. This delicious ham recipe is perfect for family meals or small holiday gatherings.
Glazed Ham with a Honey Orange Glaze
Southern style holiday ham with a delicious honey orange glaze. This glaze adds just the right touch and is not sweet blending perfectly with the smokiness of the ham.
Southern Style Collard Greens
Southern Style Collard Greens are a savory soul food meal and a new year's day tradition throughout the South.
Southern Purple Hull Peas
Southern Purple Hull Peas or Pink Eyes are a delicious variety of field peas. While they're all similar, each adds its own unique quality.
Black Eyed Peas Recipe
Black eyed peas, also known as field peas, are among the favorite traditional sides for the new years day meal.
Southern Fried Cabbage
Savory Southern style fried cabbage with bacon is a delicious traditional side dish
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Garlic
Tender sauteed swiss chard is a delicious and healthy side dish
Hoppin John is a traditional Southern dish of peas and rice with vegetables and ham. This is often served as a new year traditional meal.
New Year’s Day Dessert Ideas
Cakes and pies seem to be among the favored dessert choices for the new year’s day meal, because they are round, like a circle. Particularly ring shaped such as doughnuts, king cakes, or pound cakes. The ring being an everlasting symbol.
As long as it is round it will work however and here are a few of my favorite dessert recipes.
Thanks for stopping by y’all! I’m sending you love and best wishes for a happy new year!
Here we go marching ahead into a new year and a new decade. Make 2020 a great year for you. You deserve it! We all do!
OH, before I go…I should also mention that there is a superstition that it is bad luck to do laundry on new year’s day. You’ll wash away your luck. So we don’t want to risk that one! (Wink).
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Tuesday 31st of December 2019
We need to do a southern good luck themed New Years one of these times. That would be delicious! We tend to either do seafood or appetizer extravaganzas!