11 New Year's Foods For Good Luck
Who knew superstition could be so tasty?
Feeling superstitious? These New Year's good luck foods have been known to cause health, happiness, and wealth for centuries. We've selected our favorite recipes to go with each good luck food so you can have the fortunate feast of a lifetime on New Year's Day. If they'll start 2021 off on the right foot, why not try them? Looking for more New Year's bites? Check out our favorite recipes.
These three dishes are supposed to be eaten together, as Black Eyed Peas bring pennies, greens bring dollars, and cornbread brings gold. Try our Black Eyed Pea Salad, our Classic Black Eyed Peas recipe, our Festive Good Luck Skillet Cornbread, and our Classic Kale.
Eating pork on the New Year is supposed to inspire progress throughout the year to come. Try our Roast Pork Tenderloin, because something this tasty has to bring fortune.
In Spain and Mexico, when the clock strikes midnight, people try to eat twelve grapes as quickly as possible because each grape will bring luck for the twelve months ahead. Our recipe for Prosecco Grapes is extra festive as the bit of bubbly is also affiliated with the New Year.
Pomegranate seeds have always been affiliated with fertility. In Greece, the whole fruit is thrown across the floor releasing a sea of seeds that symbolize fertility, life, and abundance. If you're not up for making quite that big of a mess, you can use our tutorial on How to Cut a Pomegranate.
Fish symbolizes abundance around the world, but the way it's eaten is different depending on where you live. In Asian cultures, people feast on whole fishes around the Lunar New Year, and in Europe, people eat carp, herring, and cod. We suggest you start a new tradition with one of our favorite recipes, Baked Pineapple Salmon.
Super long noodles are thought to bring long life, especially if you can eat them without breaking them in half. Our recipe for Dan Dan Noodles would be the perfect, spicy recipe for your lucky New Year's feast.
Who doesn't want more wealth (and perhaps fertility) come 2020. We have a feeling that our recipe for Coconut Rice might just do the trick.
Round cakes, like bundt cakes, and other circular sweets signify the circle of life to lucky eaters. Our best Vanilla Bundt Cake is your way in.
Asian cultures believe hat eating oranges and honey on New Year's will bring good fortune, wealth, and money. Our recipe for Fruit Salad couldn't be any more perfect. It has pieces of fresh orange throughout and is sweetened with orange juice and honey. Bring on the gold.
Round like a coin, lentils represent good luck around the start of the New Year and beyond. They're a natural symbol for luck, especially our Classic Lentils recipe.
Greens of any sort represent wealth and money, so why not serve them rolled up like a wad of bills in our Stuffed Cabbage recipe!