I didn’t realize how popular the tradition of having a certain meal is until I got to chatting on twitter with friends. From a full ham dinner like we’d expect to have on Christmas in our house, to the black-eyed peas that are a southern tradition.
I don’t have family from the South and neither does my hubby. So the tradition has never been something we’ve had. I went and looked up the tradition and found you some good reading over at an about page for American food. Figure it’s easier for you to go read there.
Basically the black-eyed peas have been thought to be good luck for over 1500 years and was a custom to eat during the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). A group of Jews settled in Georgia and it’s thought to have brought the tradition to the South.
I guess I shouldn’t say we don’t have any traditional meal each year on New Years day. We just don’t have a particular food or recipe that must be included on the menu. New Year’s day growing up and presently, means football. BOWL GAMES BABY! Especially, the Rose Bowl since we’re west coast and Pac-12 fans. Starts with late morning coffee and breakfast with the Rose Bowl Parade. Then lots of junk food all day to munch on while we watch the various games.
On the menu this year is:
Cranberry Chili Meatballs that I made with sriracha chili as well so they are spicier.
Baked Crab Dip that also has pita chips I baked up. I didn’t make the pita’s, haven’t tried that. Just cut them into triangles and tossed with a little olive oil and seasoning salt.
Mexi-Cali Layered Dip is a favorite from way back. It’s more hearty so it will fill you up instead of just snacking yourself into a food bloated coma. Easy to take to potlucks and can be prepared the night before. In fact it’s even better if it’s set for 6-12 hours.
We always have the veggie tray with ranch and some chips and dips to go with everything. This also fits for Super Bowl in my house. lol Just foods that you can have going in the slow cooker or can come out of the fridge quick when people are hungry. Also dishes that will hold up to sitting around for a little bit of time. Although I’m pretty picky about any dips sitting around very long. Please put the bowls inside another bowl full of ice so no one gets sick. Too many years of working in the food industry 😉
I do think that having a certain meal each year would be a cool idea. Like maybe a pork roast. But I guess the big thing is I’m too tired to put the energy into a big meal. I’m a night owl by nature so you know I’m up late on New Year’s Eve. Getting up the next day to make a big meal just doesn’t sound like much fun.
What’s your New Year’s day meal? Is it something you have every year?
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