15 New Year's Day Dinner Recipes
Start the New Year off right with one of these traditional and tasty dinner ideas. Whether you're looking for a lucky main dish (Hoppin' John is never a bad idea), classic sides (your meal won't be complete without Southern Collard Greens or Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread), or delicious desserts (Greek Vaselopita is a holiday tradition everyone will love), you'll find old and new favorites in this collection of New Year's dinner recipes.
Easy Hoppin' John
Here's a tried-and-true Hoppin' John recipe to serve all year long, but it's especially welcome on New Year's Day. It comes together with just a few ingredients and it's kid-approved.
Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo
Southern as You Can Get Collard Greens
According to Southern superstition, eating collard greens (well, really any greens) will bring you fortune in the New Year — we'll take two servings, please.
Pork eaten on New Year's Day is said to bring good luck for the remainder of the year. Serve this old-fashioned ham recipe with black-eyed peas and greens for a traditional country meal.
New Year Black-Eyed Peas
Just as ham and greens are said to bring good luck and good fortune in the New Year, black-eyed peas are said to bring prosperity. This tasty recipe works well as a side or main dish.
Healthy and Delicious Southern Turnip Greens
Don't like collards, but still want to enjoy a traditional Southern New Year's meal? Opt for turnip greens instead.
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
If you've been looking for the best cornbread on the internet, your search ends here. This grandma-approved, top-rated recipe has more than 7,000 positive reviews.
New Year's Day Dinner
Before people in the Southern U.S. ate ham and collard greens on New Year's, their ancestors in Germany and Eastern Europe manifested luck by eating pork and cabbage. This easy dinner comes together quickly, so you can enjoy your holiday.
Chef John's New Year's "Good Luck" Pasta Fazool (Pasta Fagioli)
"It's a scientific fact that eating pork, beans, or greens at the beginning of a new year brings you great luck," says Chef John. "Just imagine if we put all three of those things together in a single dish. This is so satisfying and delicious that even if it brought me bad luck, I'd still make it."
Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew
Here's a combination of old and new traditions that everyone will love. Cooking the ham hocks low and slow with the other ingredients brings out subtle flavors in the cabbage and peas.
Roasted Grape Crostini with Fresh Herbs
Spanish legend holds that people who eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day will bring good luck for the rest of the year. Honor this tradition with a savory, creamy appetizer that's sure to impress.
Cotechino con Lenticchie
"This hearty and satisfying dish is traditionally eaten on New Year's to bring abundance and fortune," recipe creator Daisy says of the classic Italian recipe. If you can't find cotechino, any high-quality sausage flavored with nutmeg, cloves, and pepper will work.
Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
If you prefer to keep your meat and veggies separate, but still want good luck this year, this classy recipe will serve as a more-than-adequate alternative to Hoppin' John.
Vaselopita - Greek New Year's Cake
End your holiday dinner in the best way with this traditional Greek dessert. Plus, whoever finds the quarter hidden within the cake will have good luck for the next year.
"A nice deep-fried cookie that tastes delicious," says recipe creator Julianne.Marie. "This is why you only eat them once a year! Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve on New Year's!"