To kick off the new year right, make sure you serve these traditional, Classic Southern New Year’s Day Menu for good luck and prosperity. It’s out with the old and in with the new, and it all starts with this delicious menu!
New Year’s Day has always, always been one of my favorite days of the year. Growing up, my whole family, and there were a lot of us, gathered at my Grandmother’s house for lunch on the first day of the year.
The incredible memory of walking through the back door and smelling amazing aromas of incredible food that would soon be served up is something I will cherish forever.
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There were and still are three traditional New Year’s Day foods – pork, greens, and black-eyed peas. These three simple things were, always, had to be on everyone’s plates. There were NO excuses, and my Grandmother and Aunts didn’t care if you liked them or not. You were taking a bite. Of. Each. One.
Now, as this New Year’s Day meal rolls around, my boys are asking, “So, are we doing the New Year’s meal thing?” The answer is a resounding YES. And this year, more than ever, we are going all in and doing it right!
The Meanings Behind The Tradition
There are always 3 classic recipes on every Southern New Year’s Day menu. They are pork, greens, and black-eyed peas. Some folks throw in a fourth – cornbread – but for me, it’s the perfect thing to go along with the other three. Here’s why we do what we do:
- Pork – we eat it for a very, very good reason. Pigs move, actually snort, forward, not backward. I am all about moving forward, learning from the past but not living there. Several yummy pork recipe options include Smoked Pulled Pork, Brown Sugar Mustard Ham, and Easy Crock Pot Ham.
- Greens – symbolize wealth. I prefer collard greens, but any leafy healthy greens that are cooked will do. I like to serve them with a dash or two of hot sauce and a sprinkle of apple cider vinegar or even Pickled Swet Red Peppers. If you are not into cooked greens, you could enjoy a Spinach Salad or even hot spinach dip and still fall under the “Southern tradition” rules.
- Black Eyed Peas – are for luck (no bad luck allowed) and good fortune. In my family, we’ve always said they represent the “coins” we’d have in the new year, so, my advice is to grab a dish and eat up!
All these years later, I still keep those special memories alive. It’s a tradition. So, I do it. I have changed a few recipes to a bit more modern versions of Southern comfort food for my family.
Welcome the New Year with a taste of Southern hospitality and charm by featuring classic appetizers that are full of down-home goodness. These starters are not only delicious but also embody the warmth and festivity of Southern New Year’s Day traditions.
New Year’s Day Dinner Main Dishes
Get ready to ring in the New Year with a mouth-watering spread of Southern favorites that are sure to make your celebration special! These traditional Southern main dishes are not just recipes; they’re a tribute to comfort, family, and the hopeful start of a prosperous New Year!
No Southern table is complete without a steaming pot of black-eyed peas, and tender greens, and what better to sop up all that flavor than with a slice of golden, buttery cornbread. What makes these dishes and other must makes so special? They’re staples of Southern tradition, promising a year of happiness and prosperity with every bite!
Sweets And Desserts
These beloved desserts aren’t just the finale to your meal; they’re a sweet promise of good things to come in the New Year!”
Here’s wishing you a beautiful New Year full of happiness and health. May your days be blessed with peace, your table with plenty, and your home with love. I’m praying that the coming year will be filled with joy and prosperity for you and your loved ones.❤️
Happy New Year!