New Year's Good Luck Foods
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After toasting to the year that was the night before, it’s time to gear up for the year ahead. Stack your deck for the New Year with foods that symbolize luck and prosperity, and also happen to make one delicious holiday menu. And because there’s no sooner time to make good on your resolutions than the first of January, these made over classics all fit within our guidelines for a healthy, happy feast. Pick and choose from this line up of lucky foods, or make the entire menu for a wow-worthy New Year’s Day celebration.
Whole-Grain Corn Bread
Cornbread is the color of gold, and fits into our Southern-themed menu, so of course it belongs on your New Year’s Day table. This classic version gets a whole-grain spin with white whole-wheat flour. Buttermilk ensures a tender crumb. We love the simplicity of this version, but you could stir in cooked crumbled bacon, chopped green onion, or a dash of ground red pepper to kick up the heat. A cast-iron skillet is essential here: it gives the cornbread a gorgeous crust.
Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Cooked greens look like folded money (sensing a theme here?) and are eaten around the world to symbolize good fortune. Collards can braise for hours, but this recipe is ready in less than 25 minutes. If you don’t like collard greens or can’t find them, substitute stemmed curly kale or turnip greens. A splash of vinegar after cooking perks up the whole dish. You could also sprinkle with crushed red pepper or a splash of hot sauce.
Smoky Black-Eyed Peas
Peas, beans, and lentils symbolize money (many even look like little coins!). Black-eyed peas are traditional in the Southern US. Start with dried peas that have bean soaked overnight—they will become starchy and creamy with slow simmering, and absorb all the salty, meaty notes from the ham hock. Chop the meat and stir back into the cooked peas, then save the bone for stock or give to your (very lucky) pup.
Round out the moneymaking sides at your New Year’s Day feast with a simple main of baked cod or sablefish. Fish is often seen at Jewish or Chinese New Year’s celebrations, a symbol of fertility, abundance, and—you guessed it—good fortune. This recipe uses just five ingredients, but the flavor payoff is huge, especially if you take an extra minute to toast and grind the whole cumin seeds.
Honey-Orange Pork Tenderloin
If you’re not in the mood for fish, opt for simply roasted pork tenderloin. Pigs symbolize progress, perhaps because they nose their way forward as they sniff the ground for something good. They also might remind you of a certain money saving device for the spare change you’re likely to collect over the coming year. Intensely floral, faintly bitter orange marmalade is the base for a beautiful sticky glaze that’s brushed on the tenderloin before roasting.
Fresh Ginger Cake with Candied Citrus Glaze
Round and ring-shaped cakes are most common for New Year’s celebrations, a wish for a fulfilling, complete year. The Bundt is about as decorative a ring as you’re likely to find, and the perfect way to end your feast. Fresh ginger, ginger ale, and tart candied kumquats have the zing that will put a spring in your first step of the New Year. And malty, sweet golden cane syrup in the cake batter continues the prosperity theme.
Seared Grouper With Black-Eyed Pea Relish
A big batch of Smoky Black-Eyed Peas is perfect for a New Year’s celebration, and the leftovers are even better the next day. Turn some of the peas into a bright, colorful topper for simply sautéed fish. Make ahead for even better flavor the next day. You could also serve the relish with baked tortilla chips for a snack, or top a salad for an extra bit of fiber and protein in your lunch.
Black-eyed Pea-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Use up a big batch of savory, Smoky Black-Eyed peas on another weeknight with by binding the peas with tangy goat cheese, chopped bell pepper, and herbs and spooning into roasted butternut squash halves. The stuffed halves make for a beautiful presentation, especially when sprinkled with toasted breadcrumbs. The stuffed squash won’t be vegetarian because of the ham hock in the cooked peas, but you can leave this out if you like.
New Year's Recipes to Bring Good Luck
On New Year’s Day, superstitious people all over the world prepare their good luck recipes in hopes of bringing about a prosperous 2014&mdashor at least getting the new year off to a good start.
For centuries, people have dined on certain foods thought to bring good fortune in terms of riches, love, and good health for the new year ahead.
For people of various nationalities, pork is considered a lucky food to eat on New Year&rsquos Day. This custom is thought to have its origins in Europe, where hundreds of years ago wild boars were hunted in the forests and killed on the first day of the year. Folks from New England like to combine sauerkraut with pork to bring good luck and prosperity.
In Spain and Portugal, 12 grapes are eaten as the clock strikes midnight on New Year&rsquos Eve&mdashone grape (or raisin) for each chime of the clock and month of the year. Good luck will come to Spaniards who down the whole dozen before the final chime sounds.
Foods resembling money in some way are often eaten in an effort to secure prosperity in the new year. Cash-like cabbage and golden colored foods fall into this category.
Round or ring-shaped signify that the old year has been completed. Black eyed peas are a good example of this concept. Hoppin&rsquo John is a Southern style black eyed peas recipe often eaten for luck on New Year&rsquos Day. Our featured Black Eyed Peas with Country Ham recipe (pictured above) is a good luck dish that tastes good, too. Paired with our recipe for Green Onion & Jalapeno Cornbread, it’s a great dish to start the new year off right. Here’s our wish for good luck to all our Food Channel readers in 2014!
Other good luck food customs for the New Year:
- In some Asian countries, long noodles are thought to bring a long life&mdashbut you&rsquove got to get the whole noodle in your mouth without breaking it.
- In Italy and Brazil, Lentils are thought to resemble coins and eaten in hopes of bringing wealth in the new year.
- Greens such as kale, collards and cabbage have a New Year&rsquos lucky wish-for-cash connection in many countries.
Recipes: Cape Ann Seafood Stew (with fresh kale), Baby Lettuce Greens with Blueberry Vinaigrette (pictured above, right)
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.
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.
15+ Best Recipes to Make on New Year's Day for a Lucky 2021
Because we could all use a little more luck this next year.
Some New Year's superstitions say that eating the right foods at the beginning of the year can help bring you an abundance of luck. So if you're looking to turn things around (or keep them going strong) in 2021, you can do a whole lot worse than cooking up a big New Year's brunch filled with all the lucky foods.
Luckily (see what we did there?) our friends at Delish put together a list of lucky New Year's Foods &mdash and it's filled with delicious things. There are black eyed peas, of course, but also fish, noodles, pork, and even grapes, all suggestions from a variety of different cultures and traditions. While you could pick and choose, we say cover your bases and try as many lucky foods as you can! After a year like 2020, we need all the luck we can get.
Below, we've rounded up some best New Years Day lunch ideas that may throw some prosperity your way. We've got options here for lunch, brunch, drinks and dessert. The most well-known New Year's Day meal is, of course, the Southern tradition of collard greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread, but we've got recipes that'll give delicious twists on all of those, like a collard slaw and a spicy black-eyed peas stew. Check out our New Year's Day lunch recipes here, and if you don't feel like cooking, see if there's a restaurant open on New Year's Day near you that's serving up these lucky plates.
Top rated New Year's Good Luck Foods recipes
Seared Pork Chops with Roasted Grapes
These delicious seared pork chops with roasted grapes are very simple to prepare
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 pork chops, boneless, skinless
- 2 to 3 cups seedless red grapes, pulled from the stems
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
- Coarse salt and pepper
Pomegranate Moscow Mule
This refreshing twist on the classic vodka and ginger beer cocktail is perfect for the holiday season! Garnish with.
- GINGER LIME SUGAR:
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Zest of half a lime
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
- POMEGRANATE MOSCOW MULE:
- 2.5 ounces 100% pomegranate juice
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice (reserve the lime wedges)
- Ice cubes
- 6 ounces ginger beer (Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer is great!)
- Pomegranate arils, for garnish
Cabbage, Cucumber & Fennel Salad with Dill
Cabbage, Cucumber and Fennel Salad with Dill is crunchy and refreshing, with a rich and tangy crème fraîche vineg.
- 1 1/4 pounds Savoy cabbage, very thinly sliced on a mandoline (6 cups)
- 1 medium sweet onion, very thinly sliced on a mandoline
- 1 1/2 pounds fennel bulbs, halved, cored and very thinly shaved on a mandoline
- Ice water
- 1 seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/8 inch thick
- Kosher salt
- 1 cup crème fraîche
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup dill, chopped
- 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
Winter Greens Salad
Sautéed kale and treviso radicchio tossed with pickled raisins, pears and chopped hazelnuts drizzled with a little.
- PICKLED RAISINS:
- 1 bunch treviso radicchio
- Walnut oil or another nut oil, to season
- Maldon sea salt, to season
- Sherry vinegar, to season
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small bunch kale, stems removed and torn into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup strained pickled raisins (recipe below)
- 2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup toasted and roughly chopped hazelnuts
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked off
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
Almond Milk Rice Pudding
At only 184 calories a serving, this Almond Milk Rice Pudding is a guilt free treat
- 2 1/2 cups Silk Pure Almond Original or Vanilla
- 1/3 cup short grain white rice or Arborio rice
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup, brown sugar or honey, if using Silk Original
- 1/2 cup raisins
Collard & Mustard Greens with Bacon
Delicious mustard and collard greens made even better with the addition of bacon, onions, and a hint of Tabasco sau.
- 4-ounces slab bacon, about 8 or 9 slices, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 large bunches collard greens, stemmed
- 1 bunch mustard greens, stemmed
- 1/2 cup chicken stock or canned broth
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Tabasco or hot pepper sauce, optional to taste
Creamy Rice Pudding
This creamy rice pudding is easy and delicious, using rice, condensed milk and cinnamon garnished with strawberries.
- 1 cup rice
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Strawberries, for garnish
- Mint leaves, for garnsih
Black Eyed Peas
This delicious Black Eyed Peas recipe starts with the basics but includes some great variations to suit your specif.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 whole large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 whole green bell pepper, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 4 cups black-eyed peas (soaked)
- 5 cups low-sodium (or no-sodium) chicken broth
- 1 whole ham hock
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- White or brown rice, for serving
Southwestern Corn & Black Eyed Pea Salad
This Southwestern Corn & Black Eyed Pea Salad is delicious anytime of the year
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1/3 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 can (15-ounce) black-eyed peas, rinsed
- 1 can (11-ounce) whole corn, drained
New Year Black-Eyed Peas
RIng in the New Year in with this lucky and delicious Black-Eyed Peas soup! FIlled with the rich and savory flavors.
- 1 pound dry black-eyed peas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (32-ounce) cartons chicken broth
- 8 cups water
- 1 pound smoked ham hocks
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 5 pepperoncini peppers
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Hoppin' John, also known as Carolina Peas and Rice is a peas and rice dish served in the Southern United States
- 4 slices uncooked Canadian-style bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 small uncooked red onion, finely chopped, about 1 cup
- 1 cup dry black-eyed peas
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup uncooked white rice, long grain-variety
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
Winter Lentil Soup
This recipe for Winter Lentil Soup will warm you up on a cold day and fill your house with comforting aromas of lee.
- 4 leeks, white and light green parts only
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
- 6 cups water
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into a 1/2-inch dice
- 1/2 cup brown lentils
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 12 fresh basil leaves (optional)
- 1/4 cup (1-ounce) grated Parmesan (optional)
Fresh grape salad is perfect side to a grilled pork roast
- 2 pounds red grapes, washed, and de-stemmed
- 2 pounds green grapes, washed and de-stemmed
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Spicy Chicken Pot Stickers with Ginger & Green Onion Dipping Sauce
Spicy Chicken Pot Stickers with Ginger and Green Onion Dipping Sauce is the perfect recipe to feed a hungry crowd s.
Sweet and chewy and full of luck for the new year.
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Good Luck Foods for the New Year
Having spent a number of years working in and enjoying Atlanta, Georgia, I developed an affinity for southern hospitality. After moving away, I would call directory assistance for the 404 area code occasionally just hear that distinctive and luring southern twang again.
I really fell in love with the South when a girl I was dating at the time took me to her family’s home for a New Year’s Day meal. I could taste the customs and flavors that have been passed down for generations.
Though the foods may vary, New Years day has a number of good luck food traditions throughout the world. Some foods are said to bring luck or money others safety and a good life. And some are just tasty.
- Legumes (including beans, peas, and lentils) are eaten for the New Year because they are symbolic of money. In Italy people often eat cotechino con lenticchie – green lentils and sausages – and the first meal of the New Year in Brazil is usually lentil soup or lentils and rice.
- In Turkey pomegranates symbolize good luck for the coming year because of the red color and the shape of the seeds, which represent money and prosperity.
- In Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, and Peru, it is often traditional to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, one for each month in the coming year.
- In many cultures (among them Ireland, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany and Austria) the custom of eating pork on New Year’s is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress. They are considered good luck because they root forward, symbolizing progress, and the fatty meat is also symbolic of fattening wallets.
- The Greeks celebrate the beginning of the New Year by sharing a traditional sweet bread into which a coin has been baked. The bread is sliced at midnight and whoever gets the coin is believed to have good luck for the year.
- A traditional New Year’s meal in China always starts with noodles. It is best to cook long noodles, and to try and not break them up when eating them. The noodles represent longevity. So if you break a noodle, you might not be blessed with long life.
- And my favorite, the Southern tradition of black-eyed peas with the trio of pork, collard greens and cornbread. The old southern adage says, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold… Eat poor on New Year’s, and eat fat the rest of the year.”
According to Epicurious, superstition also dictates what not to eat:
In addition to the aforementioned lucky foods, there are also a few to avoid. Lobster, for instance, is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.
My hope for you is to reap the benefits of these traditions by starting the year with a fabulous dining experience and an optimistic outlook for prosperity and abundance.
10 Foods That Will Bring You Good Luck in the New Year
As with final exams and the big game, the start of a new year has a tendency to turn even non-believers a tad superstitious. All around the world, 1/1 is a day rife with tradition and symbolic ritual. In Japan, people clean their homes thoroughly on New Year's Eve lest the new year's god fail to pay them a visit. The Dutch make bonfires from their Christmas trees to expel the old and welcome the new. In Scotland, it's considered auspicious for a tall, dark and handsome man to be the first person to enter your home after the clock strikes midnight. (Where I come from, that's considered lucky any night of the year.)
Many of the world's most persistent New Year's traditions revolve around eating, with certain foods acting as symbols of the eater's hopes and wishes for the future. Recurring themes here are foods that symbolize wealth, prosperity, forward motion, long life and other sundry nice things that might (hopefully) happen to a person in the coming year.
If youɽ like to get yourself some good juju in the next 12 months, here are ten ways to eat for luck on New Year's Day.
28. Dreamy Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins
While you exchange oranges with friends for good fortune consider baking a batch of these dreamy orange chocolate chip muffins too. These healthy muffins are easy to make and are packed full of bold flavor. The chocolate is complemented by fresh orange juice and zest that together make one unforgettable treat!
Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.