10 Lucky Dishes to Serve at Your New Year's Eve Party from 10 Lucky Dishes to Serve at Your New Year's Eve Party (Slideshow)
10 Lucky Dishes to Serve at Your New Year's Eve Party (Slideshow)
10 Lucky Dishes to Serve at Your New Year's Eve Party
These dishes are tasty enough to make you feel like a million bucks, but the hidden meanings and symbolism behind their color, texture, and composition will help give you an extra boost of luck for 2018.
Basic Kale Chips
Green is the color of money in many countries, so eating leafy, green vegetables is meant to bring wealth to you in the New Year. If leafy vegetables aren’t quite your thing yet, roast up a batch of kale chips to give them a try. It’s a party snack that’s easy to serve in a bowl and a healthy alternative to potato chips, giving you a jump start on that healthy eating New Year’s resolution.
Fresh Grape Trail Mix
It’s a Spanish tradition to eat 12 grapes when the clock bell strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, symbolizing prosperity for each of the 12 months ahead of you. Instead of eating nothing but grapes, mix the fruit together with chocolate chips, Cheddar cheese, and nuts for a party snack for for all ages.
The small, soft coin shape of the lentil is similar to the Roman coin, making these little legumes a symbol of wealth and prosperity in Italy. While tacos are just about the furthest away from Italian cuisine as you can get, these lentil tacos are a delicious, nutritious, vegetarian option for your New Year’s party.
Mini Pistachio Chewy Bite Rum Bundt Cakes
Ring-shaped foods symbolize gold and wealth, so indulge that with a bit of sugar this holiday season. These mini Bundt cakes, featuring nutty pistachios and warm holiday flavors like cinnamon, allspice, and molasses, are perfect for serving individually at your New Year’s fete. Plus, there’s rum, because it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without some booze.
Pomegranate Moscow Mule
No proper party would be complete without a signature drink, so make yours out of the lucky pomegranate. The red color of this fruit represents life and fertility, while its many round seeds symbolize prosperity. Add in some ginger beer and vodka to feel as lucky as possible this New Year’s Eve.
Sesame Soba Noodle Salad
The longer the noodle, the longer the life. Thus, in Japan, eating soba noodles on New Year’s is good luck for a long, healthy life — as long as you slurp them! This dish features salty, delicious Asian flavors such as peanut sauce and sesame for a little international flair on your party menu.
Gold is the color of prosperity and money. It also just so happens to be the color of cornbread — making it the perfect NYE dish. Free up your oven for other dishes at your gathering by making this staple side in your slow-cooker.
Slow-Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut
Eating pig is lucky in cultures across the world because the animal digs forward (meaning you’ll move ahead in the new year) and it’s a fat animal, symbolizing prosperity. In German cultures, the pork is stewed all day with sauerkraut. The plentiful shreds of cabbage symbolize wealth.
Spicy Black-Eyed Peas
There seem to be a few different explanations as to why black-eyed peas are considered good luck, but it certainly stems from the American South. Some say they were the only food given to slaves, and that they celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation with them. Others claim they were the only food left for the Union soldiers when they raided Confederate food supplies during the Civil War. Either way, channel the South with some spicy peas with bacon and jalapeños for a hot start to your 2018.
Whole Roasted Snapper With Herbs
In China, eating a whole fish signifies abundance for the new year because it’s such a large meal, and the many diamond-shaped scales of the fish are thought to resemble gold coins. While roasting a whole fish may seem intimidating, this snapper dish uses just a few simple ingredients, and it’s light enough to indulge in without guilt.