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Recipes to Ring in the New Year

New Year’s Day is filled with traditions, customs, and beliefs. Many people believe that if you eat the right kind of food on the first day of the New Year, you’ll be granted with good luck.

But what foods are good luck? Traditionally speaking many believe a New Year’s menu of black-eyed peas, ham, greens, and cornbread are a must, but there are others who say that fish, cooked greens, and round food (cake, donuts, etc.) also bring luck.

It’s also suggested you do not eat certain things on New Year’s such as lobster and chicken. Supposedly, as lore goes, since lobsters can move backwards eating them on New Year’s may cause setbacks. For chickens, the idea is similar as they can scratch backwards. Other types of winged fowl are also discouraged as your good luck could fly away.

Here are some recipes you may want try on New Year’s Day

Fish
Baked Cod

1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (3 ounce) fillets cod fillets
1 egg white, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, cheese, oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper; set aside. Coat the rack of a broiling pan with cooking spray. Place the cod on the rack, folding under any thin edges of the filets. Brush with the egg white, then spoon the crumb mixture evenly on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork and is opaque all the way through.

Greens
Stuffed CabbageStuffed Cabbage
1 medium head cabbage
water to cover cabbage in pot
1 pound ground beef
1 cup cooked rice
garlic powder to taste
1 egg
1 (12 fluid ounce) can tomato juice
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
water to cover

Place the head of cabbage in a large pot over high heat and add water to cover. Boil cabbage for 15 minutes, or until it is pliable and soft. Drain and allow to cool completely. Remove the hard outer vein from the leaves.

In a separate large bowl, combine the beef, rice, garlic powder and the egg, mixing well. Place a small amount, about the size of your palm, into the center of a cabbage leaf and fold leaf over, tucking in the sides of the leaf to keep meat mixture inside.

Pile the filled leaves into a large pot, being sure to place the larger leaves on the bottom. Add the tomato juice, vinegar and sugar and enough water to cover. Simmer over medium low heat for 45-60 minutes.  Keep an eye on them, making sure the bottom of leaves do not burn.
Cake

A Greek New Year’s Cake
(In addition to serving cake on New Year’s day, some cultures hide a special trinket or coin inside the cake and whomever finds it will be the luckiest in the New Year.)
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
6 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup warm milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
2 tablespoons sugar
(one quarter)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch round cake pan. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light. Stir in the flour and mix until crumbly. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Combine the baking powder and milk, add to the egg mixture, and mix well. Then combine the lemon juice and baking soda, stir into the batter. Pour into the prepared cake pan.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle the nuts and sugar over the cake, then return it to the oven for 20 to 30 additional minutes, until cake springs back to the touch. Gently cut a small hole in the cake and place a quarter in the hole. Try to cover the hole with sugar. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

Serve cake warm. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest.

11 comments

1 winegoddess55 { 12.30.10 at 9:34 am }

The cabbage rolls sound so simple and tasty, I am going to go and get the ingredients today, and make these. I will try to use a little less meat, or use ground turkey instead, as an experiment, since I am trying to lose a few pounds. Also trying to eat healthier! More vegetables, less processed foods and less meat.

2 wanda { 12.29.10 at 5:43 pm }

I usally make cabbage rolls for the new year…I plan on fixing the same with mashed potatoes…My mother taught me how to make this delicious meal as i was groing up and i taught it to my daughter…I hope she carries this on to her daughter.

3 Sandy { 12.29.10 at 2:18 pm }

I like this recipe for stuffed cabbage and look forward to trying it. I, however, have always had smoked ham, cabbage and black eyed peas on new years day. Oh I almost forgot the jalepeno cheesy corn bread. Southern born and bred here.

4 Jocee { 12.29.10 at 12:43 pm }

Blackeyed peas and good ole country ham with cabbage and cornbread! Southern Illinois fare! (oh yeah, just a tad above the Mason-Dixon line) …. Happy New Year!

5 Deloris { 12.29.10 at 11:16 am }

Its corned beef and cabbage on new year’s day here although lots have black-eyed peas and greens too.

6 Ruth { 12.29.10 at 9:30 am }

We in southeastern PA also have pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day. A neighbor makes his own sauerkraut and we are fortunate to receive some. I add some chopped onion, apple and a little brown sugar to the sauerkraut. Along with mashed potatoes we have rye bread, cottage cheese and applebutter. Yum!

7 Frutero { 12.28.10 at 7:46 pm }

What we used to cut into and serve at the stroke of midnight and serve was sandwich loaf. In appearance, this resembled a frosted, loaf- shaped layer cake, but the “frosting” was based on cream cheese or neufchatel, as was some of the filling (whatever wasn’t a fine-cut speadable salad or a cheddar-based spread). The “layers” themselves were made from an unsliced sandwich loaf, firm enough to be cut into longitudinal sheets. These days, your best bet would be Jamaican hard-dough bread. “Fillings” can include olives and cream cheese, egg salad, pimiento spread, fine-chopped herring with sour cream…whatever suits you. If you trim the crusts, those can be cut into diamonds, toasted, and used for tea sandwiches. Because these items can be prepared a day ahead of time and served chilled, they save a lot of wear and tear on the cook.

8 LaRue { 12.28.10 at 12:25 am }

From the time I can remember New Years Eve and New Years Day, we had oyster stew on the Eve and Pork and Sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. (Grew up in western PA) In Georgia we had black eyed peas and turnip greens (Green for the “bills” and peas for the “change.”)

9 ron4bama2009 { 12.27.10 at 12:01 pm }

Fish is always a good idea, when you can find it fresh here in Ohio.

10 Suzanne { 12.27.10 at 11:34 am }

I’ve made the stuffed cabbage a lot of times. The best way to make sure the stuffing doesn’t fall out is to wrap the leaves and then stick in toothpicks to hold it all together.

11 Theresa { 12.27.10 at 9:48 am }

Well, I’m glad I read this article. I was thinking lobster, but I think beef may be better for kicking off what I hope to be a VERY successful year!

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