If the horseshoes aren’t cutting it, however, and you need a little extra luck for the coming year, we have you covered. Here is our list of tasty good-luck foods to help you kick off your New Year’s Day the right way.
On January 1 as you’re preparing your first feast of the year, make sure to have one or more of these lucky delicacies on the table for good measure – and because they taste delicious!
Black-eyed Peas: These spotted little beans (yes, they are beans despite the name) have been a New Year’s Day staple of American southern cooking for hundreds of years, and have been associated with good luck equally as long. Traditionally, black-eyed peas are a symbol of humility and invite good fortune to all who consume them. Beans have long been linked to wealth and prosperity because they are symbolic for coins or pennies. At least that’s how the legend goes. Recipe HERE – Hoppin’ John
Grapes: On the West Coast and many places where grapes are grown around the world, grapes are considered New Year’s must-haves – and we’re not talking about the Champaign form of the fruit. As tradition goes, party-goers will eat 12 grapes at midnight with each grape representing one month of the year. Every sweet grape you eat is considered a month of good fortune, while every sour grape represents a month of misfortune. This is a fun and mouthwatering way to predict your future for the year to come. Recipe HERE – Twelve Grapes
Sauerkraut: This long-held staple of good luck is found on the dinner tables of those with German, Polish, or PA Dutch heritage every New Year’s Day. Sauerkraut is a good-luck food because the cabbage from which it’s made resembles dollar bills. Eating sauerkraut on New Year’s is said to bring good fortune, wealth, and prosperity. Not only that, but when paired with pork, the meal is transformed into one of the luckiest meals in America because pork is also regarded as lucky — but that’s a different story. Recipe HERE – Pork and ‘Kraut
Collard Greens: You may be starting to recognize a trend by now that could give you a hint as to why Collard Greens are on this list. If you guessed “because it looks like money” then you guessed correctly! These greens are an essential ingredient to a successful Southern New Year’s meal. These leafy green vegetables are often pairred with cornbread – a food that is symbolic for gold. If you are looking for wealth and prosperity in 2018, make sure to have Collard Greens and cornbread on your menu. Recipe HERE – Southern Style Greens
Lentils: From the United States to Italy to Hungary – lentils are a popular New Year’s Day food across the globe. With their coin-like shape, lentils have long been considered symbols of wealth and riches. Some stories suggest that the lentils’ powers for prosperity come from their transformation during cooking. When cooked, lentils plump with water, a process that symbolizes growth, prosperity, and success. Lentils are often made into soups and stews and paired with pork sausage for another complete meal of good fortune. Recipe HERE – Italian Lentil Soup
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