Lucky New Years’ Bacon Dishes

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Another year has passed and another one around the corner. About now is the time for people like me to just now start making that resolutions list and decide what to eat. Yes, “what to eat?” It’s quite important. There are several superstitions through time and cultures about the type of food you should eat on New Year’s Eve and Day. The foods you eat will determine wealth, health and much more! I gathered information from many sources on different food fortunes and how to include bacon:

(Sources with more details on history: epicurious; Good Housekeeping; Blog Her)

Grapes: Consume 12 grapes at Midnight. Each grape represents one of the 12 upcoming months. Advice… Try not to get a bitter grape on your birthday month!

Cooked Greens: Cabbage, collards, kale, and chard. Associated with luck, fortune, wealth. Represent folded money. They symbolize economic fortune – “Eat more and get more.”

Legumes: Beans, peas, and lentils. Represents prosperity. “..resembles coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind.” – (epicurious)

Pork: Represent progress and prosperity. “The animal pushes forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving.” – (epicurious)

Fish: Choice when red meat is avoided due to religious/cultural reasons. Can represent good luck, fertility, long life, good harvest, and progress. Scales can represent silver. “…people associate fish with moving forward into the new year since fish swim forward. Other people think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools.” – (Good Housekeeping)

Baked Goods: Specifically round or ring-shaped goods. Symbolic items baked inside.

Noodles: Represent long life.

Pomegranate: Associated with abundance and fertility.

Lobster: “Lobster, for instance, is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. – (epicurious)
Chicken: “…discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past.” – (epicurious)
Any Winged Fowl: “…because good luck could fly away.” – (epicurious)

* “In Germany, it’s customary to leave a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year.” – (epicurious)
* “…Philippines, it’s important to have food on the table at midnight.” – (epicurious)

Now check out some lucky recipes (more than one fortune finder in each recipe) for the New Year that include your favorite ingredient – BACON:

Cabbage, Bacon and Pomegranate Salad, From:

Kale Pomegranate and Bacon Salad, From: Lauren Brennan

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon and Pork, From: Food Network

Collards & Grapes with Bacon, From: Yummly

Tuna Noodle Casserole, From: Yummly

Pan-Fried Trout with Bacon, From: epicurious

Cajun Fish With Cabbage and Bacon Sauté, From: Real Simple

Roasted Grape Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon, From: Yummly

Pecan and Bacon Bundt Cake, From: Elle.

King Cake with Bacon-Pecan Praline Filling, From: Food Orleans

– Elle.

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Crazy cat lady, comic book nerd, and lover of bacon all in one.

Posted on December 29, 2013, in Celebrate with Bacon, Cooking with Bacon and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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