A Lucky New Years Meal of Smothered Cabbage, Blackeye Peas and Cornbread
A lucky New Year’s meal here in the South would always include some sort of greens, blackeye peas and cornbread.
I’m not sure what other parts of the country will be feasting on come New Year’s day, but here in the South, no self- respecting Southerner would serve anything other than the traditional fare. No sir! We will not tempt the hand of fate by having anything else!
Deeply rooted in tradition all three of these foods represent prosperity for the New Year.
Cooked greens, including cabbage, collards and turnip symbolize green money and are consumed on New Year’s. Rumor has it, the more you eat the larger your fortune will be for the upcoming year. My green of choice every year is cabbage. Smothered down with ham, bacon and sometimes smoked ham hocks.
Blackeye peas are said to also represent money and because they swell when cooked, so too will your fortune in the New Year. It is also said that you need to eat at least 365 peas, representing 365 days of the year.
Cornbread is said to represent gold and will also ensure prosperity. I can’t argue with that!
Follow the recipes below to the recipes for A Lucky New Years Meal – Southern style!