Posted by / Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Day Traditional Eats

Every year I tell myself I am not waiting until New Year's to make my black eyed pea dish. Well I said the same thing yesterday. This is a simple dish packed with flavor and as with tradition — is supposed to make for a prosperous New Year.

Simply:  Brown 1 pound of spicy sausage in a pan, add 1 cup of onions and green peppers. Once softened, stir in 2 cans of black eyed peas. Serve heated with sour cream, cheese, and stewed tomatoes.  ** Do not wait for New Years to make this.

Pork with sauerkraut and kielbasa is another simple recipe that is made in the E.A.T. household on New Year's day:

Unlike black eyed peas which is a southern tradition, pork and kraut is really a German immigrant tradition brought to Northeast Ohio. Well loving pork and sauerkraut I've also adopted this tradition.

Simply:  Add sauerkraut with juice** (I used two jars here) to a roasting pan, sprinkle with caraway seeds, pork that has been salted and peppered (I used a boneless pork loin 2.5 pounds) to the top of the sauerkraut. Bake on low 270 degrees for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.  

I used Bubbies sauerkraut because the ingredients were cabbage, artesian well water, and salt. Simple with 3 ingredients is what I like.

Add kielbasa on top of the sauerkraut and continue cooking until sausage is firm. If the dish starts to dry out just add chicken or vegetable stock to moisten. Remove from oven and serve with a stone ground mustard. 

That was simply New Year's in the E.A.T. kitchen. 

What New Year's traditions do you carry out every year that you could incorporate at anytime during the year?  I promise at this time next year I am making my black eyed pea dish!

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. Looks great, Tim. I, too, made black eyed peas! What else would a Texan do on January 1? Ha! I put 3 dimes in my pot. If ya get a dime in your bowl, it means you are going to have LOTS of prosperity! My Texan Grandma always did it. So now I do too! Have a great 2012.
    (Misplaced Texan)

  2. Shannon so funny in doing my research on the background of black eyed peas I did see where some people put pennies and dimes in the stew. Depending on which you got was how prosperous you were going to be in that year. I guess unless the coin gets stuck in your throat that is. That of course would not be a good start to the New Year!

    Happy New Year from E.A.T.

  3. Mmmm . . . those black eyed peas look so good - something my husband would really love! Never cooked a pork roast in sauerkraut before. Going to have to try. Every year at my house we have pork Posole, a recipe which has been passed down through the generations. I'll post it soon.

    Wishing you a great new year!

  4. Rebecca looking forward to seeing that recipe! Happy New Year to you!



"Some people eat to live; I live to eat." -Tim Vidra

An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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