New Year’s Day Recipe Ideas!

Family_New_Years_Eve_2.jpg2016 is quickly approaching! Have you decided what you will prepare for your New Year’s Day meal? Did you know there are a variety of foods you can enjoy on the first of the year that actually symbolize good fortune?

Cabbage or greens – to represent wealth

Beans – to symbolize coins

Noodles – for a long life

Rice, quinoa or barley – for abundance

Pomegranates – the many seeds symbolize prosperity

Figs – for fertility

Pork – Pigs are supposedly unable to look backwards, so they represent releasing the past and looking forward to the new year ahead

Cake – Shaped into a ring symbolizes life coming full circle

Fish – Scales represent coins in abundance

Cornbread – Gold

Try combining some of these lucky foods in the recipes below to feast for future fortune!

Pork_and_sauerkraut_recipe.jpgPork and Sauerkraut with Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings


2 cans (14 ounces each) sauerkraut, undrained

1 cup thinly sliced onion

2 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup dark corn syrup

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

6 Five Star bone-in pork loin chops (6 ounces each)

Preparation Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sauerkraut, onion, apples, corn syrup, bay leaves, caraway and pepper. Spoon half into a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with potatoes.
  2. Broil pork chops 6 in. from the heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned; place over potatoes. Spoon remaining sauerkraut mixture over pork.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cook 4-5 hours longer or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaves.


Black_Eyed_Peas_with_Ham_Hocks.jpgBlack Eyed Peas with Ham Hock


1 lb fresh or dried black eyed peas

1 qt water (or enough to cover beans)

1/2 lb Five Star ham hock or cooked boneless ham slices

Pinch of garlic or salt

Fresh black pepper

Crushed red pepper to taste

Preparation Directions

1. Combine all in a dutch oven on the stove and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to a medium-high and cook for 1 hour until peas are tender.

3. Add more water as needed.


Sauteed_cabbage_with_bacon.jpgSauteed Cabbage with Bacon


1 Head cabbage, sliced

4 Strips bacon, cut into small pieces

1 Small onion, diced

Salt/pepper to taste

Preparation Directions

1. In a large saute pan, cook bacon until crisp.

2. Add in the onion and saute until soft.

3. Add in the cabbage and saute on a medium heat, tossing occastionally, until desired degree of doneness.

4. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


What are some of your favorite New Year’s Day recipes? Any we missed?

Do you ever prepare them with Five Star ingredients?

Tell us about them!

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