Recipes:  Traditional Southern New Year's Food for Good Luck 

By: Morris Weston

Recipes:  Traditional Southern New Year's Food for Good Luck 

Tags: New Years, Recipes, Food

According to Southern Traditions, there are some foods if eaten on New Year’s Day will result to good fortune for the year.  By not incorporating these symbolic foods it will supposedly bring bad luck, and none of us need any bad luck for 2021 after the mess of 2020!  So, we wanted to share some recipes to cook up some good luck foods, like collard greens, black eyed peas, and cornbread so you’ll be livin’ in high cotton for the year to come!   


Kickin’ Collard Greens –
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1-pound fresh collard greens, cut into 2-inch pieces

Step 1
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, crumble and return to the pan. Add onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until just fragrant. Add collard greens, and fry until they start to wilt.
Step 2
Pour in chicken broth, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until greens are tender.
Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas
6 cups water
1 cube chicken bouillon
1 pound dried black-eyed peas, sorted and rinsed
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
8 ounces diced ham
4 slices bacon, chopped
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 ½ teaspoons cumin
salt, to taste
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Step 1
Pour the water into a slow cooker, add the bouillon cube, and stir to dissolve. Combine the black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, ham, bacon, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper; stir to blend. Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours until the beans are tender.

Southern Corn Bread -
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
? cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
? cup vegetable oil
Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
Step 2
In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Step 3
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Hope you enjoy some of these Southern Favorite Recipes!
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