|Ever wonder why Southerners eat certain foods to ring in the new year? Or, what are the traditional foods that make up a Southern New Year's menu and how they came to be? Read on to find out!|
I don't know about 'round the rest of the country, but most Southerner's wouldn't dare allow the New Year to pass without eatin' some kind of pork, a big ole mess o' black-eyed peas (or some other form of southern cowpeas) and greens of some kind, often either collard greens, turnip greens, or good ole, basic southern fried cabbage.
It's a tradition, steeped in both superstition and hope for better days ahead that we participate in the first of every year, and important enough that even people who don't particularly care for greens or black-eyed peas - such as The Cajun himself - make sure that they at least have a bite of both of 'em - though to be honest, tradition says it is best to ensure that you get at least 365 peas in your body on New Year's Day just to account for the whole year. Might as well just eat a "mess of 'em" I reckon, just to be on the safe side!
Click on the links within the post below to check out the individual recipes, but be sure to pop over to visit my super list of New Year's Eve party foods too, with appetizers, hangover helpers, brunch items and much, much more to help you ring in the new year, Southern style! Happy New Year y'all!!
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|Southern Style Turnip Greens|
Southern style collard greens or turnip greens, are pretty traditional greens for New Years. I adore them, so these days I'm more likely to have both greens and cabbage on New Years Day.
pork roast, or just the addition of hog jowls, fatback, ham hocks, bacon or some ham chunks and a ham bone leftover from Christmas dinner, or for some, some ribs. More often, it's a combination of several of those. Pork has always been king in The South and is a big part of our lives. If you owned a pig, that one pig could feed your family for pretty much the entire new year and believe you me, we Southerners used every single inch of that pig.
|Smothered Pork Roast|
|Pork Roast with Spicy Onion Pan Sauce|
I also know that in many areas of The South they like to eat black-eyed peas in the form of a dish called Hoppin' John. Well, down here, we pretty much just call that Black-eyed Pea Jambalaya.
|Deep South Hoppin' John - Black-eyed Pea Jambalaya|
|Southern Style Black-eyed Peas|
Want a different but delicious way to get both your black-eyed peas and greens? Try this Greens and Black-eyed Pea Soup!
|Greens and Black-eyed Pea Soup|
Cabbage, turnip greens or collards are present, representing paper money.
|Southern Fried Cabbage|
|Southern Skillet Cornbread|
In the United States, ball dropping is always a part of the festivities counting down toward the last seconds of the new year. If you live in the south, that's liable to be a moon pie drop. Of course there are fireworks, sometimes parades and certainly champagne is a favorite for toasting.
In Spain there is a tradition to consume 12 grapes at midnight, the sweetness of each grape to indicate what each month of the new year will bring to you. I like this! Just toss the grapes into the glass when you pass out the bubbly (or sparkling cider for the kids and non-drinkers) and at midnight everybody toasts to the new year and then eats the grapes, one on each stroke of the clock. This tradition has been picked up in the United States especially around Texas and the southwest.
Click right here for the full listing of New Year's Eve appetizers, party foods, New Year's Day Brunch items, including those ever handy hangover helpers, and of course, all the traditional New Year's Day goodies, we all love.
What traditions do you have for bringing in the new year?