New Years Day is my favorite time of the year to prepare good food. Being your first of many great meals for the year, and the most important, you want this to be something special.
Subconsciously, having a superb meal during the first week of the year has a lot to do with pointing your life in the right direction for the coming year. This has nothing to do with superstition. Good food, being the magnificent pleasure it can be, has the power to do this.
If you miss out on this for this New Years Day, you haven’t missed anything. You can have this meal anytime during January, and the legend of each dish in this magnificent course still remains.
What to eat on New Years Day and the first month of the year
Any kind of pork is appropriate as the main course for New Years Day. You can have a scrumptious pork roast, a pork tenderloin, pork chops or a Boston Butt. But the main thing is, you must have pork.
Traditionally, Hog Head has always been the ideal meat for this special day. It’s very delicious, but unfortunately, many people won’t eat it. Hog Head is also a little old fashioned, in that, this is a New Years tradition from the ’50’s through the early ’70’s..
We usually prepare a pork crown roast stuffed with dressing, and let me tell you something – IT IS DELICIOUS. This is the top of the line meat in pork, equivalent to the beef Rib Eye Roast many people have for Christmas Day.
On New Years Day, pork represents Progress.
Black Eyed Peas
Now we’re getting into the heart and soul of New Years Day. Black Eyed Peas is an amazing dish all year round, but a must for this very special time. You can center your whole meal around Black Eyed Peas. Throw a little smoked jowl or ham hock, or both in with them, and you’re in for a treat.
This legend started in the South during the Civil War. When General Sherman left the Confederate army with very few supplies and little food, there was an abundance of Black Eyed Peas. Legend has it that the soldiers enjoyed the Black Eyed Peas and survived the bitter winter cold. Therefore, you cannot underestimate the importance of eating Black Eyed Peas on the first day of the year
On New Years Day, Black Eyed Peas symbolize Luck.
It doesn’t matter if your favorite greens are Collard Greens, Turnip Greens or Mustard Greens. What’s important is, greens is almost a must for the first day of the New Year.
Greens symbolize money, since they look like folded money. Eat greens for the New Year, and hopefully you will experience financial rewards, prosperity and success for the up-coming new year.
Sweet potatoes have no real significance for New Years, but is a fantastic side dish. There are two ways I recommend for preparing this excellent dish. My favorite is a sweet potato casserole, which is very delicious. This is very easy to prepare.
If you don’t have the time to prepare a casserole, you can bake the sweet potatoes in the oven, and serve them with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon, which is very delicious. Before baking, rub them with butter, roll them in sugar and cinnamon on a piece of wax paper, wrap them in aluminum foil and bake them at 400 degrees for about an hour and a half. There is no better way to round out your New Years Day meal.
Corn bread is required to put the icing on the cake. How can you possibly have Black Eyed Peas and Greens without cornbread?
Cornbread symbolizes gold, and completes this delicious meal.
If you miss out on this delicious meal on New Years Day, no problem. Legend also has it that you can enjoy these delicious dishes all during the month of January, and still reap the rewards.