New Years Day. More food. Another big meal. The last calorie-fest of the holiday season.
Growing up we ate black eyed peas “for luck” on New Years day.
My husband’s family has a cool tradition. At the New Years day meal, everyone writes down their top 5 highlights from the previous year, along with 5 goals they have for the upcoming year. Throughout the meal, everyone shares their goals and highlights. My MIL keeps everyone’s lists in a box. It’s a sweet time of reflection on the past year and looking ahead at what’s to come!
Where I live now, it’s a tradition to eat pork with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. My friend Becky shares this Daytonian tradition…
1 bag of kraut
10 large Potatoes
1.5 – 2 cups milk (depending on how creamy you want your potatoes)
4-6 Tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and Pepper
1. Place pork loin and sauerkraut in the crockpot and cook for 4-6 hours.
2. Scrub, peel and quarter the potatoes. Boil in large pot of water until tender (15 minutes, depending on how thick the pieces are). Mash. Add butter, milk, salt, pepper and garlic.
3. Slice pork loin and serve with kraut and mashed potatoes.
Leftovers Idea: Shred leftover pork and combine with kraut. Place in bottom of baking dish. Top with leftover mashed potatoes. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the potatoes. Bake 25 minutes at 350. A “New Years Shepherd’s Pie”!
What are your “New Years Day Food Traditions”? I’d love to hear what you and your loved ones do to kick off the new year!