Good Luck In The New Year

The wish Good Luck In The New Year will be spoken in many different languages by millions of people around the world as we ring in the New Year. Part of this annual celebration may include eating certain foods that people believe will bring them luck, good health, happiness and prosperity.

There are a variety of foods that are symbolic of coins or money such lentils, peas, beans, kale, collard greens, cabbage and sauerkraut. Fish is regarded as a symbol of moving forward and abundance since they swim in large groups. Pork is symbolic of progress as pigs push forward when eating and their fat represents wealth and prosperity. In many of the Spanish speaking countries, people eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each month of the year, with a special wish for good luck.

I thought I would give you some ideas of what you might want to prepare for either New Year’s eve or day to try and bring yourself some “good luck in the New Year“. No matter whether you will be celebrating with just one special person or are planning a party for some of your friends, you will find the linked recipes to be easy to prepare and delicious.

If you want to follow the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight, you might want to serve Roasted Grapes With Warm Brie Crostini. It is a sweet and savory appetizer that takes mere minutes to put together. They are perfect finger food to enjoy with your glass of chilled Champagne as the clock strikes midnight and you make your special wish.

Roasted Grapes And Warm Brie Bruschetta
Roasted Grapes And Warm Brie Crostini

If you want to serve a main course of fish for abundance in the New Year, Sautéed Flounder Topped With A Shrimp Cream Sauce is a wonderful dish. The light shrimp cream sauce compliments the delicate flavor and texture of the flounder without overwhelming it. Diced tomato and basil added at the last minute makes for a pretty presentation.

Sautéed Flounder Topped With A Shrimp Cream Sauce
Sautéed Flounder Topped With A Shrimp Cream Sauce

If you are thinking of a pork dish as the main course for wealth and prosperity in the New Year, Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce and Chopped Walnuts will certainly be special enough for the celebration. Serve the pork with Polenta Cakes Fried In Brown Butter And Sage.

Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce
Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce

For a more casual affair you might consider a traditional German New Year’s meal of Smoked Pork Chops With Sauerkraut served with buttered mashed potatoes.

Pork Chops And Sauerkraut
Pork Chops And Sauerkraut

Or if you leaning more towards a Latin influenced meal, Cuban Pork With Black Beans And Rice is easy to prepare ahead of time for a large group of friends.

My Version Of Cuban Pork With Black Beans And Rice
My Version Of Cuban Pork With Black Beans And Rice

If you live in the southern part of the States and eat black-eyed peas for good luck, you might be making Hoppin’ John or Texas Caviar. I’ve got another suggestion, Black- eyed Pea Risotto for a little bit of an Italian influence.

Black-eyed Pea Risotto
Black-eyed Pea Risotto

If you would enjoy more exotic flavors to start the New Year, then you might like to try my vegetarian version of Harira, A Moroccan Chickpea And Lentil Soup. It is a deliciously spiced and fragrant soup you will love. You can add lamb Merguez sausages on the side for the meat eaters you might be serving.

Harira, A Moroccan Chickpea And Lentil Soup With Spicy Merguez Sausage
Harira, A Moroccan Chickpea And Lentil Soup With Spicy Merguez Sausage

I’ve shared some of my favorite dishes with you that incorporate food ingredients that many people believe will bring them luck, good health, happiness and prosperity. I hope you will get a chance to try some of them.

I will end with my own wish of “Good Luck In The New Year”, may 2015 be everything you hope it will be. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me at Back Road Journalit is always a pleasure having you stop by for a visit.

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153 thoughts on “Good Luck In The New Year

  1. Happy New year Karen. We will be celebrating with friends with our traditional New Years Day meal of Pork Roast, Collard Greens, Black Eyed Peas and Corn Bread.

    1. I’ll be think of you and your friends, Penny. No matter what I make on New Year’s day, one thing that is always on my table is black-eyed peas. Happy New Year.

  2. Thanks Karen – Happy new year to you and your family. having close connections with Cataluña, I will be eating the 12 grapes as the clock chimes and washing them down with cava 😉

  3. It’s such fun to read about all of the traditions associated with New Year’s Eve. The recipes sound so delicious. Wishing you a wonderful New Year’s celebration, Karen! ♡

    1. Hi Dawn, I’m glad that you enjoyed my post about the foods that people around the world choose to eat for luck, health and prosperity in the New Year. Thank you for your wish, I hope you enjoy the celebration as well.

    1. Hi Jessica, I’m glad that you like the flounder dish, it is one of my favorites. Thank you so much for your lovely compliment…it is much appreciated. If you happen to see this message, I’ve not been able to comment on your posts but I’m enjoying them nonetheless.

    1. Hi Darryl, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed my suggestions of dishes to bring luck for the New Year. I believe we need all the luck we can get. 😀

    1. Thank you Monique, I’m happy that you enjoyed the recipes that might bring good luck. I hope you, Jacques and your lovely family have a wonderful New Year.

  4. Some lovely New Year ideas there Karen. We have a fridge full of cheese. I suspect the crostini might get an outing, if I can stay awake late enough!
    Happy New Year,

    1. Thank you Conor, for your nice compliment…I’m glad that you liked my ideas for good luck food for the New Year. I know what you mean about the staying awake part, it gets harder each year. 😀

  5. Hi Karen, how interesting did not know about the grapes, will add that to our celebration for even more fun. Happy New Years to you and your family!

    1. Thank you, Plumdirt, I’m very happy to know that I can inspire you. This risotto is the only way I can get my husband to eat black-eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s day. 😀

    1. Cosmopolitan indeed, Tin Man. 😀 I’m glad you like my suggestions as they are all some of my favorite dishes. Thank you for your wish and compliment.

    1. Hi Angie, I’m sorry to have made you hungry but I’m glad that you liked the looks of my favorite dishes. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish.

    1. Hi Emilie, These were some of my favorite recipes and I thought they fit the luck quotient I’m my humble opinion…I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 😀

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Sandra. I’m glad you like the recipes…they are some of my favorites. Definitely try the roasted grapes, they are great. 🙂

  6. I didn’t know of these traditions other than the black eyed peas and I think you’ve given us a great recipe. They were front and center at the grocery store yesterday, I may go back to pick them up!

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year! Cheers!

    Jane x

    1. Thank you Jane, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post about the traditions for good luck. Black-eyed peas are always on my table on New Year’s day. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your wish and compliment, Kathryn. From one Texan to another…I’m glad you like the black-eyed pea risotto. It is the only way I can get my husband to eat the peas and I’ve never gone a year without eating them. 😀

      1. I made the black-eyed pea risotto for lunch today! I was the only one that would eat it. I offered it to my husband and he made a grilled cheese sandwich instead. My daughter was gone at a friend’s house. I’ll linky back to your blog when I post it later next week. I didn’t make it exactly the same way as I was missing some ingredients, but it came out fabulous! Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

      2. It sounds like our husbands and many other men are similar when it comes to black-eyed peas…not their favorite. I’m glad that my recipe inspired you, Kathryn. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the risotto. 😀

  7. What great recipes for good luck for the new year. I’m very impressed with the grapes and warm brie. We’ll be eating black-eyed peas with ham as usual. Happy New Year Karen and I look forward to more great posts from your back roads journal.

    1. Thank you Sam, I appreciate your nice compliment. I’m happy that you have enjoyed following along as I share my back road stories and recipes. 🙂

  8. Oh my, each dish looks more delicious than the last! Thank you for sharing these recipes! Looking forward to making some of them for new years eve! May you have the most wonderful new year imaginable!

    1. Thank you for your lovely wish, Peter…it is much appreciated. I hope you will enjoy the recipes if you get a chance to try them as they are some of my favorites. 🙂

  9. Oh my goodness! This is such a tasty looking post – I think if I could eat all those dishes with you cooking, that would be my good luck right there! 🙂 I will have black eyed peas of course and now that I am part of a Korean family, I will have some of my daughter’s Mother-in-law’s Lo Mien as the Korean wish for luck – just to feather my nest. Happy New year and I wish you all the best this year!

    1. Thank you Kelli, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post and appreciate your nice compliment about my cooking. Would you believe I forgot my black-eyed peas until dinner was almost over…thank goodness I didn’t forget completely. I’ve heard that noodles are considered good luck as well. Hope you have a great year. 🙂

  10. Hi Karen! I’m visiting my aunt and uncle if Florida & I’m trying to catch up a bit with my friends on WordPress. I love these recipes. In fact, I’m hoping to make a few while I’m here – hopefully for New Year’s Eve. All the best to you and yours, both now and in the new year.

    1. Hi Cecile, I hope you are having a great time in Florida and appreciate your stopping by while you are on vacation. I’m glad you like the recipes, thank you. We are heading down to Florida soon ourselves…it is always nice to get a break from the cold.

  11. ‘Good luck in the new year’ to you also, Karen. Thank you for your friendship and inspiring posts throughout the year. Big hugs.

  12. I think I will go for the sliced ham and sauerkraut! Just found a new brand at WF and they sliced the little ball for me. Just made some wonderful brioche too. Have you seen the easy recipe from Cooks? OMG, perfect. Happiest of New Years to you and yours!

    1. Hi Sylvia, I’m glad you like the recipes. The flounder recipe is one of my favorites. When I lived in Florida, my favorite fish there was yellowtail snapper and that would be great in the recipe if your fish market has it.

  13. All of those dishes sound heavenly. Even though I’ve started eating meat again it’s only very occasionally. Hah, very much so over Christmas. The one element that really stood out is the polenta, sage and brown butter. I still haven’t tried something like that. And only use polenta in baking. That must change!
    Until then, have a wonderful 2015. Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Johnny, I appreciate your nice compliment. I believe a little meat in your diet might be a good thing. I think you would like crispy polenta cakes…it is a simple side dish but the sage and brown butter does make it shine. Wishing you all the best in your endeavors in this New Year.

    1. Hi Charlie, I’m happy to know that you liked my suggestions, thank you. I hope you will enjoy the recipe…it is a good meal for this time of the year.

  14. Happy New Year to you! These are all fantastic ideas! We are definitely in black eyed pea and collard greens territory, though I have practiced the 12 grapes traditions for years as well.

  15. I had no idea that there were so many foods that symbolised all the good things in life for the calendar new year ! I know Chinese certainly do for Chinese new year, so this is very interesting and may change up our dinner menu tonight 🙂

    Happy new year to you Karen ! It’s been a wonderful year following your gastronomic adventures and travels.

    Hope the new year brings you more joy !

  16. Karen my dear, dear, friend!! May 2015 be YOUR BEST year ever!! May it be filled with “health, love, prosperity”, but most of all…
    Laughter!! I had to share your Cuban Pork with black beans and rice… had to!! ♥

  17. We have homemade pizza on the menu for tonight. Looking forward to that and putting an end to this year. At least, I’m HOPING to put this year behind us. Wow–it’s been a year. At least there is no way to go but UP from this point—Hooray!! LOL!

    A very Happy New Year to you and your family, Karen and best wishes for a year filled with peace and good food and great travel!

  18. In Germany it is customary to have donuts filled with plum jam for good luck.
    On Christmas Eve I left for an unexpected trip to Germany to be with my mom who fell and broke her hip. A day later she passed away from complications at the age of 91 being surrounded by my brother’s family. We will miss her tonight as we have Raclette and donuts. Until two years ago she would make the donuts for New Year .

  19. Karen:
    If I could, I would eat each of those dishes… Not much for the good luck they might bring, but because they look quite tasty. I love to read about other’s New Year Eve’s traditions. I knew about grapes and lentils, but peas, beans, kale, collard greens, cabbage and sauerkraut are new for me. Great to know!
    Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2015!

  20. Great post Karen. And I love that idea of the BEpea risotto. I’ve just returned from the store with my black eyed peas which I simply cook with bacon. They’ll be a side dish for our annual pot luck where pork and sauerkraut will be served over mashed potatoes. Delish! And I’m certain good luck for 2015.

  21. Good luck and Happy New Year to you! We’re having Black-Eyed Pea and Collard Green Soup today to ensure our good luck for this year. 😉

  22. I love to read and hear about all of the various cultural ways of celebrating! Now if we were to prepare every one of these delicious recipes, do you think that would give us extra good luck for the new year!? Wishing you a blessed 2015, Karen!

  23. Wow some fantastic ideas there to help us all into the New Year, I hope you had a wonderful time and ate some delicious food. Happy New Year

  24. Happy New Year! Thank you for this great roundup of celebratory recipes. You’ve reminded me I need to make harira again – its one of my favourite soups but has somehow fallen out of my rotation.

  25. If I start with the grapes & brie and move on down through the entire list (because I can’t seem to single out just one favorite) will I have an exceptional year? I kind of like the idea of the pork – at least to get through my daughter’s wedding!
    Happy New Year to you Karen. May it be healthy, happy, prosperous, and full of fish 🙂

  26. Happy New Year, Karen! We’re not into eating good luck foods as such, but it’s always interesting to hear the traditions and tales of other countries and cultures. I just have faith that all good things that are to happen this year will happen, and so will the bad. We pray for the good though 😉

  27. Happy New Year, Karen! Your version of harira looks wonderful. I am a vegetarian (most of the time – I eat fish on occasion) and I love making different soups and stews in the winter months. 🙂

  28. What a gorgeous round up of recipes! I love the idea of eating grapes at midnight… I hadn’t heard of that tradition before but the recipe with the brie crostini sounds delicious. I’m going to try your black eyed bean recipe in the next couple of weeks (and those sage and brown butter polenta cakes) – a bit late for the official ‘new year celebration’ but hey, it’s still January! Hope that the new year started wonderfully for you xx

  29. Happy 2015 to you Karen!
    We will be celebrating in the Austrian ountryside, hopefully with more snow than we had for Christmas. Your proposals for the New Year’s dinner are very inspiring and a hard choice because everything looks fantastic.

  30. Thank you for the lovely post, Karen! Pure deliciousness, good luck and good will all around. 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, my friend. Wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year and may it be filled with many blessings!

  31. Part of my family tradition is black-eyed peas for the New Year, and we never fail to follow through. Maybe next year I could elevate the fare just a bit with the risotto you offer here. That sounds terrific! I hope you have a healthy peace-filled new year, Karen. 🙂

  32. All these dishes look so good. Since we live in the Deep South I made hoppin’ John and turnip greens on the side for New Year, and we liked it. For some reason I have not taken to warm Brie. The type of Brie might make a difference – my cousin lives near Melun in the Brie region of France where you have to specify which Brie cheese you want – and the Melun Brie is different and creamier, or the Brie from Meaux might be a good one too. Here in the US though so far they don’t have that many variations of Brie cheeses that I have been able to find. I do like warm goat cheese though, again it depends on the variety of the goat cheese. I do like all the dishes you showed. Have a great 2015!

  33. Delicious ideas for the new year and beyond! I’d give anything for a crispy little golden circle of polenta with butter & sage right now! Looking forward to seeing what adventures and travels you have in 2015, the many treasures you collect and the memories you share. All the best!!!

  34. We went for the Black-eyed peas and greens. 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful New Year and that 2015 is a great year for you and your family! Looking forward to your food and your travels!

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