15 New Year's Day Dinner Recipes

Easy Hoppin' John
Easy Hoppin' John .

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.

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Easy Hoppin' John

Easy Hoppin' John
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.

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Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

black eye peas and brown rice in gumbo like stew

This warm, comforting recipe is a beautiful cross between Hoppin' John and gumbo. It goes especially well with Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread!

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Southern as You Can Get Collard Greens

collard greens
Patrick Dolby

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.

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Country Ham

country ham on plate with salad and tomatoes
Soup Loving Nicole

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.

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New Year Black-Eyed Peas

black eyed peas with ham in a bowl with spoon

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.

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Healthy and Delicious Southern Turnip Greens

Healthy and Delicious Southern Turnip Greens
Photo by amber96.

Don't like collards, but still want to enjoy a traditional Southern New Year's meal? Opt for turnip greens instead.

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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread on a baking rack

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.

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New Year's Day Dinner

cabbage, pork, and bell peppers

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.

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Chef John's New Year's "Good Luck" Pasta Fazool (Pasta Fagioli)

pasta fagioli in blue bowl

"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."

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Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew

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.

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Roasted Grape Crostini with Fresh Herbs

Roasted Grape Crostini with Fresh Herbs
Brie Passano

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.

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Cotechino con Lenticchie

Italian pork and beans on a plate

"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.

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Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage

Sheet pan of Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
Allrecipes Magazine

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.

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Vaselopita - Greek New Year's Cake

A golden brown cake, with a slice removed, is resting on a cake pedestal. The top of the cake is dusted with powdered sugar.

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.

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fried cookies with powdered sugar

"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!"

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