Ultimate Southern New Year’s Day Recipes (2024)

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Kick off your New Year’s Day with a feast that’s as rich in flavor as it is in tradition! These menu ideas will make your taste buds sing and maybe, just maybe, bring a little extra luck your way.

Now, let me tell y’all, down here in the South, we don’t just eat our greens and peas because they’re delicious (though, trust me, they are!). These dishes come with a side of superstition and a heaping spoonful of tradition. So, pull up a chair and let’s dive into these mouth-watering recipes that are all about celebrating the New Year, Southern-style!

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Each corner of the world has its unique way of celebrating New Year’s Day, complete with traditions and a pinch of superstition. Now, down here in the South, we can’t let a special occasion pass without involving some good ol’ Southern cooking. So naturally, we’ve got a few food-related superstitions of our own for that all-important first day of the year. These customs are steeped in our history and seasoned with those unmistakable Southern flavors we all love.

Now, before we dive in, it’s mighty important to get a taste of the ‘why’ behind these particular dishes. Let me lay out for you my family’s most beloved Southern New Year’s Day eats, along with the superstitions that go hand-in-hand with each one:

  • Cornbread – An important dish on your New Year’s Day menu is cornbread, chosen for its golden color that is thought to symbolize riches and prosperity.
  • Pork – Pork in any form is a must-have. Whether incorporated into various dishes or served as the main entree, pork is often featured on the New Year’s Day menu due to the belief that it brings prosperity. The symbolism lies in the forward movement of pigs as they root, signifying progress into the new year.
  • Greens – Various greens like collard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, and spinach are essential to the Southern New Year’s Day menu. According to legend, consuming these greens signifies financial prosperity, and indulging in them on this day is believed to bring blessings of wealth in the upcoming year.
  • Black-Eyed Peas – Black-eyed peas hold a special place on the menu as they are considered a symbol of good luck. Some even adhere to the tradition of eating 365 black-eyed peas, also known as cowpeas, correlating to each day of the new year.

While I’m sure different people have their own spin on these dishes and what each means, this is just what my grandmother taught me. Either way, they are all delicious dishes, and I hope you are met with tons of good luck and fortune this New Year!

Ultimate Southern New Year’s Day Recipes

Start your New Year’s Day with a bang and a buffet brimming with flavor and steeped in tradition! We're serving up a smorgasbord that’s sure to tickle your taste buds and, who knows, it might even sprinkle a little bit of good fortune on your year ahead. Gather around, y'all, for a feast that's as much about tantalizing flavors as it is about embracing those cherished New Year rituals!

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Turnip Green Dip

Kick off the New Year and your New Year’s Day festivities with this unique and delicious Southern appetizer or snack, Turnip Green Dip. It is a fun way to scoop up those lucky leafy greens with a heaping tortilla chip full of turnip greens, bacon, cream cheese, and more.

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Elmer's Cornbread

If you want a tried-and-true, typical Southern cornbread, then my Elmer’s Cornbread recipe is the perfect option. This is your traditional unsweet cornbread cooked up in a cast iron skillet with that beautiful golden top and crunchy edge. Featuring self-rising cornmeal and rich buttermilk, this recipe is simple, easy, and oh-so delicious!

Cornbread in the South is usually not sweet but some people just prefer their cornbread to be a little sweet. And, who am I to judge? Even I like it sweet from time to time… I know, gasp! But, I especially love these Sweet Cornbread Muffins. They are super easy to throw together and make for a great, sweet option to fit the bill of your cornbread good fortune superstitions.

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Creole Pecan Glazed Ham

Celebrate New Year's Day in true Southern style with my Creole Pecan Glazed Ham recipe. It's a speedy and straightforward way to incorporate pork into your New Year’s Day menu with only six simple ingredients. This recipe takes a plain old spiral-sliced smoked ham and tops it with a delicious sweet and salty glaze. Yum!

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Skillet Chops with French Onion Gravy

These juicy and flavorful Skillet Chops with French Onion Gravy are another excellent way to check off the pork category of your New Year’s Day menu. By following my instructions, you will have juicy chops covered in gravy that all your guests will be lapping up with a spoon.

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Southern Collard Greens

It doesn’t get much more traditional than these Southern Collard Greens. I love collard greens so much and have been known to convert even the biggest naysayers into collard green lovers with this exact recipe. This dish has lots of flavor and easy-to-understand instructions.

This recipe is delicious and exactly as the name suggests, easy. Easy Roasted Cabbage is one of those dishes you can throw in the oven and trust will turn out great. It checks off the box of the leafy green veggie needed for New Year’s financial prosperity. With only two ingredients and a little salt and pepper, you will have cabbage with crispy edges and loads of flavor everyone will enjoy.

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Southern Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas

My Southern Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas is a foolproof and stress-free way to whip up some delicious black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Just throw in your ingredients and forget about it. The result is a rich and delicious pot of flavorful black-eyed peas.

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Spicy Creole Black-Eyed Peas

Want to kick up the heat a little bit with your black-eyed peas dish? Try out these Spicy Creole Black-Eyed Peas. Rich in flavor and spice, these peas are absolutely delicious, but not so spicy that those with a more mild pallet won’t enjoy them. The combination of the rich pea flavor with the pork and creole seasonings makes this a mouthwatering side dish.

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Southern Hoppin' John

If you don’t want to make a bunch of separate dishes, you could opt for this traditional New Year’s Day dish called Hoppin’ John. Pair this with your greens and cornbread, and you have all your New Year’s Day good luck food necessities covered. This dish includes black-eyed peas, pork, and more over a bed of rice to create a filling and delicious bowl of food steeped in Southern tradition.

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  1. Ultimate Southern New Year’s Day Recipes (22)Felecia

    Thanks for all the tasty memories of 2023! Wishing you and your family (including your family of readers) a healthy, blessed and delicious New Year!


    • Ultimate Southern New Year’s Day Recipes (23)Stacey

      Happy New Year, Felicia!


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