What To Eat On New Year’s Day

Everyone has different traditions when it comes to ringing in the new year. For us, it’s normally a very relaxed day. We try to stay home and not do much. It’s a day to just relax, cook together at home and, overall, just rest.

For some, New Year’s Day means eating certain foods to bring luck in the new year. For example, one Spanish tradition is eating 12 grapes at midnight is supposed to bring you good luck for the next 12 months. The tradition goes that you eat one grape with every clock bell strike at midnight on New Year’s Eve. If you want to try a twist on this tradition, try this recipe for Balsamic Roasted Grapes.

For us in the south, black-eyed peas are a must on New Year’s Day. This Instant-Pot recipe makes it really easy to prepare and cook the dish. You will need:


  • 4 cups chopped smoked ham (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • 4 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 medium-size (about 12 oz.) yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 medium (5 1/2 oz. total) carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Place the ham, black-eyed peas, broth, water, onion, carrots, bay leaf and pepper in the Instant Pot and lock it in place. Turn steam release handle to “Sealing” position, select “Manual/Pressure Cook” setting, and select “High” pressure for 15 minutes. Note that it will take 10 to 15 minutes for the cooker to come up to pressure before cooking begins.

Let the pressure release on its own for 20 minutes. Carefully turn the steam release handle to “Venting” position, and let the steam fully escape (about 3 to 5 minutes.) Remove the lid from the cooker, remove and discard bay leaf, garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Of course, we couldn’t forget about dessert. For example, in Greece, they have Vasilopita (Greek New Year’s Cake). The cake has a coin in it which is placed inside once the cake is baked and it’s ready to be served. The person that finds the coin in their slice will have good luck for the rest of the year. It is a win-win situation, cake and good luck for the year? Sign me up!

Do you have a favorite New Year’s Day dish or tradition? Share it with us in the comments section below.

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