Good Luck New Year's Foods
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Before you usher in the New Year with a glass of bubbly, make sure you have on hand some of these foods. In a variety of cultures, it is thought that by eating one of these foods on New Year's Eve or Day, you will bring yourself wealth, prosperity, or good fortune, for the New Year (if you really need a dose of good luck, you might want to make them all).
Grapes are a predictor of the year ahead. In Spain, people eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight to bring them good luck for the next 12 months of the year. Let’s just hope your grapes are sweet, for good luck, rather than sour…
From The Daily Meal
This delicious dish comes from world-renowned chef Anita Lo, Executive Chef and Owner of Annisa Restaurant in New York City.
It is Southern custom to serve black-eyed peas, like this Hoppin’ John salad, on New Year’s Day for a prosperous year. Furthermore, it is an inexpensive dish to make, saving you money in the New Year.
Serve your black-eyed peas with a hearty green vegetable, like kale or collards. These green vegetables are thought to bring you wealth, because of their deep green color, like money.
A simple, Brazilian-style braised collard dish, full of flavor, that transforms the tough collard leaves into something much more meltingly tender.
Eating these delicate legumes, shaped like little coins, is an old Italian New Year’s custom thought to bring prosperity and wealth.
From The Daily Meal
A simple and delicious soup that, when paired with a green salad and a hearty loaf of bread, makes for a healthy, balanced meal.
Thought to symbolize things coming full circle, round foods remind us of the circle of life, and that what goes around must come around. Coffee Cake
A sweet breakfast staple. Serve with scrambled eggs and bacon for a hearty meal. For something lighter, have just a slice along with your morning coffee or latte.
Like round foods, coin-shaped foods are also thought to be lucky. Eating foods with a likeness to coins, like round cookies, on New Year's is said to bring you wealth and prosperity. Sliced carrots, with a golden hue similar to copper pennies, are thought to be extremely lucky (especially when tossed in a honey glaze for added sweetness).
A basic chocolate cookie dough used to make rolled cookies. While this recipe calls for a round cookie cutter, you can use any shape you like.
A simple vegetable side dish. Carrot coins are cooked just until tender, then tossed in a honey glaze to enhance the vegetable's sweetness and shine.
Cakes Baked with Coins Inside
In Greece, baking a Vasilopita, a golden-glazed cake, with a coin baked inside is an old New Year’s tradition. It is said that whoever finds the coin will have good luck come their way in the New Year.
A recipe for a basic white cake that is sprinkled with blanched silvered almonds and sesame seeds before baking.
Soba and Noodles
Noodles are an ancient symbol of longevity in the Far East. It is said that the longer the noodle, the longer your life will be.
A quick Asian-inspired pasta dish that is full of flavor, not on fat.
Ham and Pork
Pork has long been thought as a food that brings good luck, as pigs root forward (unlike crabs or lobsters, which move sideways or backwards), suggesting forward progress. They are also a rich source of fat. Bring on the bacon for a bountiful New Year!
Covered in a sweet Bourbon and orange-flavored glaze, this ham is the perfect main dish to serve at New Year's dinner parties. Even better? Leftover ham sandwiches on buttermilk biscuits, with honey mustard.
Any food that forms a ring is good luck because it represents the never-ending circle of life. So enjoy this Bundt cake and perhaps a doughnut too!
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Pork is considered a lucky food, especially on New Year&rsquos Day. A simple pork roast can be mastered by any chef. Whether you oven roast, slowly braise or even put a pork roast on the smoker, it can be a tasty start to the New Year.
Black Eyed Peas
Many people follow the southern tradition of black eyed peas on New Year&rsquos Day. While there are various recipes that feature the ingredient. Actually, you can create one dish that features both pork and black eyed peas. For example, The Neelys from the Food Network has a delicious recipe that features both ingredients.
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Long noodles have been considered to symbolize a long life in Japanese culture. Although your mom might have told you not to slurp, on New Year&rsquos Day, slurping is a sign of good luck. Whether you want to make entre or just serve a simple soba noodle salad with pork, there are many recipe options. Just avoid chicken in your dish. Chicken is an unlucky food on New Year&rsquos Day.
In the Italian culture, lentils have a place on the table for New Year&rsquos Day. The belief is that a lentil looks like a Roman coin. Although lentils have become a meal on its own, it also pairs well with pork. A pork sausage with lentils could be a hearty stew to start the New Year.
Although some people might be wary about cooking collard greens, a traditional New Year&rsquos Day meal is collard greens, black-eyed peas and ham. While a really great potlikker is a game changer, anyone can make a tasty collard greens dish.
Why not start New Year&rsquos Day on a positive note with some lucky food recipes. A little positivity to start the year is always a good thing.
What New Year&rsquos traditions do you have? Do you enjoy a particular food on the first day of the year?
14 Lucky Foods You Should Eat for a Prosperous New Year
Start eating these good luck foods when the clock strikes midnight for good fortune in the year to come. Plus, try our favorite recipes for enjoying these lucky foods.
The holiday season is full of long-standing traditions, but we love the traditions we get to eat the most. No matter where you’re from, many believe what you do on January 1 can set the tone for the entire year. While we can&apost confirm that picking-up a four-leaf clover or hanging a spider ornament in our tree brings good luck, we can all agree that toasting our champagne glasses to the new year on a full stomach is a lucky way to start in itself. People from countries everywhere will eat traditional foods as the clock strikes at midnight in hopes of bringing a little more luck and good fortune to their lives. If there&aposs any amount of truth to this, we’re not taking any chances. As you reflect on the past year and make those resolutions, try these edible traditions from around the world to ring in your luckiest (and tastiest) year yet.
A king cake gets a finishing touch.
Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Louisianans and Mardis Gras fans know to start their year off with a sweet ringed king cake topped with colorful icing and sprinkles and baked with a trinket, such as a plastic baby, hidden inside. The lucky person who finds the trinket is named "king" or "queen" for the day.
Bakeries in New Orleans and throughout the nation start selling the treats in early January through Fat Tuesday. They traditionally are eaten on January 6, known as Twelfth Night or Epiphany, the Catholic celebration of the Magi&aposs gifts to baby Jesus on the 12th night after his birth.
According to NPR, simple oval cakes eaten on Twelfth Night date back to Old World Europe, and the tradition was eventually brought to America. In late 19th-century New Orleans, revelers began hiding a bean in the cake during Mardi Gras balls. In the 1940s, commercial bakeries began producing king cakes en masse, and upgraded from beans, pecans or rings baked inside to porcelain dolls and eventually the plastic babies still used today.
Similarly, the vasilopita, served in Greece and Cyprus, often is baked with a coin inside and is served New Year&aposs Day. Other versions can be found in Spain (rosca de reyes), Portugal (bola-re) and France (gateau de rois).
All the Lunar New Year Dishes That Will Bring You the Best Luck
It wouldn't be the Spring Festival without these recipes — and the symbolism behind them.
Food Network Kitchen’s Nian Gao
Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, is one of the biggest celebrations in the world. Each year, there are millions who observe the holiday and participate in the largest annual mass human migration on Earth — as many, especially in China, travel to celebrate with their families. It's a time to come together, feast, give red envelopes, honor ancestors and wish for good fortune, prosperity, longevity and happiness in the coming year.
As a little girl growing up in Singapore, Lunar New Year was always an exciting and lively holiday. My sister and I would put on our qipaos and celebrate with friends and family, following Chinese traditions. We'd receive "hong baos," or red envelopes filled with small amounts of money, as well as oranges, an auspicious fruit typically handed out during the festival. Sound of firecrackers filled the air each night of the celebration, and spirits were high as everyone wished for the best in the new year.
My favorite part, of course, was the food. You might compare the Spring Festival feast to American Thanksgiving dinner — you have to go all out, eat all the traditional fare and can't stop eating until you're on the verge of passing out.
In the Chinese tradition, each dish has a special meaning — some dishes are believed to bring wealth, and others good luck or family togetherness. Here are a few symbolic dishes that always grace the dining table during the celebration, so you can ring in the Lunar New Year with the best luck!
One new year staple is nian gao — or rice cake. The character "gao" is pronounced the same way as the word "tall" or "high," symbolizing a wish for every year to be "higher" and better than the last (specifically when it comes to one's career or prosperity). The main ingredient is sticky glutinous rice or yellow rice, but flavors and additions vary throughout China depending on which region you're in. In the South, rice cake is usually on the savory side and can be sliced, fried, steamed and cooked in soup. While in the North, sweet rice cakes are more common and flavored with ingredients like jujubes, red bean and brown sugar.
Wine Me Dine Me: It’s your lucky New Year’s Day
It&rsquos been a long time since I&rsquove been out on New Year&rsquos Eve so I&rsquom not going to miss not being able to attend a big party to toast the new year at midnight. Heck, where I am, we&rsquore not even permitted to be out after 8 p.m. or buy booze after 6 p.m.
I suspect many of you will be staying home as well, avoiding those crowds and the dangers of the road. That doesn&rsquot mean you can&rsquot make it special and for me, that means great food and drink on New Year&rsquos Eve, but also traditional dishes that represent luck both on the Eve and the Day.
If you&rsquore celebrating at home by yourself, do make sure you at least Zoom or Facetime with friends and family for an hour or so. It certainly did lift my spirits on Christmas Eve and Day to open gifts virtually with my daughter, cousins, aunt and parents.
Cooking traditional foods helps me feel connected, too. Even if they are not part of my own traditions, it makes me feel like I&rsquom honoring the holiday and looking forward to the year ahead and many dishes have symbolic nods to what may happen in the upcoming year. I&rsquom not superstitious but, well, just in case.
One of those dishes is black-eyed peas which I always make for New Year&rsquos Day. They are linked to luck in many cultures including African-American and Egyptian, and luck is something we can all use now more than ever. Greens with your black-eyed peas are also lucky.
Pork dishes are also associated with luck and progress and January 1 is the day I always make Transylvanian Guylas (goulash), a Hungarian pork dish with sauerkraut and the little dumplings they call nokedli. I learned to make the recipe below when I worked as a waitress at a Hungarian restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ. In Germany, pork and sauerkraut are eaten for luck, too, because cabbage symbolizes money and long life.
0In Mexico, 12 grapes are eaten as quickly as possible at midnight, each one promising luck for a month. Pomegranates symbolize both fertility and abundance in many Mediterranean countries.
Of course, all of this is great with a chilled glass of Champagne or a Champagne cocktail like a mimosa. I also have a tasty recipe for sparkling wine and vodka marinated grapes if you indulge.
Here, I&rsquove included that recipe along with my annual black-eyed peas and greens recipe and the Transylvanian Guylas and below that, some ideas for those who don&rsquot imbibe or who are starting their Dry January.
My current black-eyed peas recipe has a Caribbean flair with coconut milk and a killer habanero pepper paste. Serve with rice and greens.
Stewed black-eyed peas
1 1/2 c. cooked black-eyed peas
1/2 habanero pepper or 1 t. Pepper paste
Heat the oil and saute the onions and garlic until just browned. Add the powdered spices (ginger, cardamom, pepper, mustard) and stir.
Add carrots, bell pepper, sweet potatoes and stir. Add the peas, habanero pepper or hot pepper paste and cilantro. Cover with water (enough to make a stew) and the coconut milk. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
Transylvanian Guylas (Goulash)
Serve with buttered wide noodles or spaetzle, called nokedli in Hungarian.
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder in cubes
Wash the sauerkraut under cold running water then soak in cold water for 20 minutes to reduce its sourness. Strain well, pressing out all the water.
Melt the butter in a large casserole dish and add the onions. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, season with salt and cook a minute longer.
Stir in the paprika, then pour in 1/2 cup of broth and bring to boil. Add the pork cubes. Cover the pork with sauerkraut and toss in the caraway seeds.
Combine the tomato puree and the rest of the broth in a bowl, then pour over the sauerkraut and pork. Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat as much as you can. Add a pinch of salt, cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Add a bit of stock or water if it starts to get too dry.
When pork is tender, place sour cream in a small bowl and add the flour. Combine with a whisk. Stir the mixture into the casserole very slowly, a bit at a time. Simmer for another 10 minutes and then season to taste. Top each serving with more sour cream.
I say &ldquoChampagne,&rdquo but any sparkling wine or even non-alcoholic sparkling beverage will do. You can also change up the sugar and use colored sugar.
Place grapes in a large bowl and pour the sparkling wine and vodka or gin over all. Place in fridge and soak for one hour.
Drain and pat dry, then place on a baking sheet and sprinkle the sugar on top. Shimmy the pan back and forth to coat the grapes in sugar.
I always recommend Seedlip Spirits for making classic cocktails with no booze at all (seedlipdrinks.com), and this year, I&rsquove discovered some other booze-free spirits makers. Many of them you can buy online or at your local gourmet, spirits store or supermarket.
My latest favorite is Ceders from Sweden, an &ldquoalt-gin&rdquo made with classic botanicals but also some from South Africa. They have four versions, each with a different flavor profile. I like the Blush Rose with juniper and hibiscus or the Classic which includes fynbos from South Africa.(ceders-alt-gin.com)
Lyre&rsquos is a company I like a lot, too. They have a dry London spirit which is an alt-gin but also an American Malt, a spirit that has been &ldquoimpossibly crafted to capture the essence of a gently mellowed American Classic Bourbon Malt with flavors that are distinct and contemporary. Lyre's spirits don't just mimic, they have their own distinction as a premium, non-alcoholic beverage.&rdquo Their Absinthe is great, too. (lyres.com)
Ritual has a zero proof tequila spirit which makes a great margarita as well as whiskey and gin alternative. (ritualzeroproof.com)
For beer, try Athletic Brewing Company in Connecticut. They even have a Dry January Survival Kit which includes a sixer each of their Wild IPA, Upside Down Golden Ale, All Our Stout, Cerveza Atletica and Free Wave Hazy IPA with a beer glass.
Serbian New Year Traditions
Srecna Nova Godina—Happy New Year in Serbian
Most Serbians are Orthodox Christians who celebrate New Year's Eve and Day on Jan. 13-14, according to the Julian calendar. There is an abundance of food and drink, including sarma, spit-roasted pig, tortes, nut rolls, strudels, and desserts galore. Rakija, a powerful drink of grape brandy, sometimes blended with whiskey and spices, is traditional at this time of year.
Christmas trees are decorated and presents given on New Year's Day rather than Christmas Day. At midnight on New Year's Eve, Deda Mraz (Grandpa Frost) visits houses and leaves presents under the tree.
Lucky You! Thirteen Foods to Bring Good Fortune in the New Year
The following story was written by Heinen’s partner Elaine T. Cicora.
What if we told you that health, wealth and happiness could all be yours in 2021, depending on your New Year’s menu?
That’s the premise behind “lucky” foods – an assortment of good things to eat (and a few to drink!) that promise good fortune in the coming year. Drawn from diverse cultures and traditions, here are 13 items said to bring good luck when consumed on January 1.
In German and Eastern European traditions, eating pork on New Year’s Day is said to ensure progress. The notion was inspired by pigs’ industrious barnyard behavior: They keep their snouts to the ground and root ever forward.
Scoop up some sauerkraut with that pork, and wait for the greenbacks to roll in. Sauerkraut is made from cabbage, right? Cabbage is green. Money is green, too. Ergo, if you want more money, eat sauerkraut on New Year’s Day.
Check out this Recipe for Pork and Sauerkraut Balls.
A Spanish alternative to the Times Square ball drop, “the twelve grapes of luck” is a New Year’s Eve tradition thought to bring a year’s worth of prosperity and good fortune. Just pop one grape in your mouth with each stroke of the clock at midnight.
4. Long Noodles
Lush and lanky, long noodles mean good luck in many Asian cultures. Their length symbolizes longevity, so don’t let them break until they’re safely in your mouth.
For many seafaring cultures, fish is an especially auspicious New Year’s food. Their shiny scales look like coins – meaning money and they’re always swimming forward –meaning progress. (Do be sure to avoid catfish, though: Nobody wants to be a bottom feeder!)
Oh, the color of cold, hard cash! No wonder a big mess of collards (or other leafy greens) will bring prosperity, according to Southern food traditions. (Bonus: A bunch left hanging by the front door will ward off evil spirits!)
Want a fresh start in the New Year? Eat a pomegranate. In countries like Turkey and Greece, the vibrant red fruit has long been a token of good luck, its color and abundant seeds representing life, fertility and renewal. (While we have yet to receive official confirmation of this, we suspect a pomegranate martini could be pretty lucky, too!)
8. Black-Eyed Peas
This dried legume is frequently found on Southern and African-American tables, often in close proximity to those collard greens. Because black-eyed peas expand while cooking, tradition holds that eating them will bring abundance.
As richly colored as a golden nugget, cornbread is another good-luck staple on Southern tables, prized for its alleged link to wealth.
10. Root Vegetables
According to India’s Ayurvedic traditions, a plant’s roots are its source of stability and balance. Therefore, if you wish to head into the new year feeling calm and grounded, add potatoes, carrots, beets or other root veggies to your menu on New Year’s Day.
We always knew dessert was good luck, but now it’s official! Cakes, doughnuts and other similarly ring-shaped baked goods are almost universally thought to represent the fullness of life and the annual process of “coming full circle.” Many cultures bake a coin inside for an additional dollop of New Year’s good fortune.
Little packets of new life, nuts are favored for gifting on New Year’s Day in many cultures, where they are thought to represent a fresh start.
There are as many reasons to greet the New Year with champagne as there are stars in the sky. Thanks to its long association with French nobility, champagne is almost synonymous with indulgence and wealth. The pop of the cork is like a tiny burst of fireworks (perfect for fending off evil spirits), and when the festive bubbles tickle your nose, it’s impossible not to smile.
We raise our glass to all of you! Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!