Lucky food recipes that should always be served on New Year’s Day

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On New Year’s Day, these lucky food recipes deserve a spot on the table.

Start New Year’s Day on a good note with these lucky food recipes. While some people believe in superstitions and others don’t, a tasty recipe always deserves a place on the table. From experienced cooks to even just ordering from your favorite restaurant, a delicious meal to start the year is always appreciated.

Here are some lucky food recipes that will start the New Year right.

Pork Roast

Pork is considered a lucky food, especially on New Year’s Day. A simple pork roast can be mastered by any chef. Whether you oven roast, slowly braise or even put a pork roast on the smoker, it can be a tasty start to the New Year.

Black Eyed Peas

Many people follow the southern tradition of black eyed peas on New Year’s Day. While there are various recipes that feature the ingredient. Actually, you can create one dish that features both pork and black eyed peas. For example, The Neelys from the Food Network has a delicious recipe that features both ingredients.

Long Noodles

Long noodles have been considered to symbolize a long life in Japanese culture. Although your mom might have told you not to slurp, on New Year’s Day, slurping is a sign of good luck. Whether you want to make entre or just serve a simple soba noodle salad with pork, there are many recipe options. Just avoid chicken in your dish. Chicken is an unlucky food on New Year’s Day.


In the Italian culture, lentils have a place on the table for New Year’s Day. The belief is that a lentil looks like a Roman coin. Although lentils have become a meal on its own, it also pairs well with pork. A pork sausage with lentils could be a hearty stew to start the New Year.

Collard Greens

Although some people might be wary about cooking collard greens, a traditional New Year’s Day meal is collard greens, black-eyed peas and ham. While a really great potlikker is a game changer, anyone can make a tasty collard greens dish.

Why not start New Year’s Day on a positive note with some lucky food recipes. A little positivity to start the year is always a good thing.

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What New Year’s traditions do you have? Do you enjoy a particular food on the first day of the year?