A Little Cuisine - New Years Day Supper

News Years Day at my house has specific food traditions. From my southern Georgia grandmother, the tradition is black eyed peas for good luck and collard greens for prosperity. For me its just an opportunity to whip up some traditional Southern food. This is great for New Years day or any time. Here are some recipes to get you started. Hoppin' John recipe from She Wears Many Hats. Just like my recipe except her pictures are better than mine. Also, I use the leftover ham in my freezer from Christmas. Sundays at Moosewood has a fabulous vegetarian version of this. I like the toppings they suggest and use those along with my meat version, too. Be sure to pass around Tabasco at the table.

A simple winter fruit salad. I like to use the best fruit I can find at the grocery. Usually it contains most or all of these fruits along with a simple syrup. Pomegranates are a must. Isn't the color of this salad gorgeous? Make leftovers as it's great over yogurt and granola for breakfast the next morning.

Collard Greens from Paula Deen. Don't 'dis them til' you try them. Or, here is a recipe for Vegetarian Southen Style Collard Greens. Be brave and count this as towards your resolution to try new veggies in 2011.

Not pictured but essential at my house: Scarehaircare's Cheese Biscuit (yes, my nickname is Scarehaircare....I'll tell you later.) Whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 Tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, and 1 teaspoon salt. Use your fingers to smash 6 Tablespoons butter into the flour mixture (or pulse butter and flour mix in your cuisinart until butter is size of peas). Add 1 cup of shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese (I've been known to up that amount) and then stir in 1 cup of buttermilk until barely mixed (do not over mix). Either drop onto cookie sheet or roll and cut with a biscuit cutter and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 14-18 minutes. Serve warm.

For dessert (and new to me this year) is this Frozen Key Lime
Mousse Pie
. You have to admit, this sounds divine.

There you have it, my traditional Southern New Years Day supper. Do you have New Years food traditions?


Ellen said...

Hoppin' John is our traditional NYD meal, too! Made with a pound of bacon and all the drippings! I also like collard greens with a peanut sauce.

Scarehaircare said...

Collard greens with a peanut sauce? Share the recipe, please!


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