New Year's Eve

10 Dishes to Bring You Luck in the New Year

December 29, 2017

Luck is a fickle thing, but there's one thing we do know: It can't hurt to try to rustle some up by cooking these traditionally auspicious foods this new year.

Eat 12 grapes at the midnight, one to bring good luck to each month of the year. Simmer a big pot of the classic Hoppin' John, which is rumored to be auspicious because the black-eyed peas resemble coins and the greens paper bills. Bake a coin into a cake, and tell whoever gets it in their slice that they're in for the luckiest year yet (just warn everyone first so that there are no dental emergencies). Eat some lentils (we have so, so many ways), because, again, they kind of look like money—about as much as spicy, bacon-infused greens resemble dollar bills. Cook some lucky swine in any of its forms (pancetta, pork chops, etc.). Slurp some noodles, which symbolize a long, happy life. Maybe this is the year you roast a whole fish (the Chinese word for fish, “Yu,” sounds like the word for abundance). And don't forget about ring-shaped foods of all stripes: donuts, bagels, and onion rings, to start.

Ring in the new year with one (or many!) of these 10 auspicious foods, and get ready for your luckiest year yet. If nothing else, it's a great excuse to eat onion rings.

What lucky foods do you eat to ring in the new year? Or do you just sip Champagne and let the chips fall where they may?

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AntoniaJames December 29, 2017
Lentils plus sliced sausage of course! An Italian tradition -- lenticchie di capodanno -- with the lentils and sausages both representing coins / prosperity.
I'll be making this, using Umbrian lentils:

I have such a wonderful life, and have been doing this for decades, so it must be working . . . . ;o)
Rhonda35 January 2, 2018
It must be!! Happy New Year, Antonia!
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Catherine L. January 3, 2018
Hear, hear!