With 2013 right around the corner, now is the time to plan your menu for New Year’s Day. Traditional “lucky” foods abound and vary throughout different parts of the country, but today I am going to whittle the list down to my top five lucky New Year’s foods (plus some great ideas for serving them) to hopefully bring you plenty of good fortune during your next trip around the sun!
1. Black-Eyed Peas
A tradition steeped in southern heritage, black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day because of their resemblance to coins. In all of my 31 years, I have never missed eating black-eyed peas on the first day of the year! One of my favorite preparations of black-eyed peas is a traditional Hoppin’ John recipe, like this one from Epicurious.
Can you guess why greens might be popular New Year’s Day fare? That’s right–they are the color of money! Although stewed greens like collards and kale are popular in the southern United States, other great options include green cabbage or swiss chard.
I have heard various explanations for why pork is auspicious to eat on New Year’s Day, including the healthy physique of the pig foreshadowing abundance in the coming year, or the fact that pigs always move in a forward direction with their noses when rooting around for food, indicating the act of moving forward into the new year. Regardless, pork is delicious, and it just so happens that it can be paired beautifully with many of the other items on the lucky foods list!…