Tailgating for New Years with Lucky Foods

Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 06:12 AM

Some foods are considered to be lucky to eat at the coming of the new year. So while you are tailgating at one of the many New Years Day games why not add some good fortune for yourselves and your team for the coming year?

Lentils as well as other beans, like black eyed peas and black beans, are considered good fortune or luck for the coming year. Italians consider the fact that lentils look like little coins and swell when you cook them signifying increased fortune for the coming year.

Many cultures enjoy pork on New Years signifying wealth and prosperity. Cuba, Austria, Spain, Portugal all consider pork a lucky food. The Germans consider pork eaten on New Years as a form of progress, eaten in the form of roast pork or sausages and sometimes combined with beans or lentils in the mix.

Cooked greens are also good fortune…obviously because money is green. Many cultures eat cooked greens on New Years for this reason. In the southern United States it is usually collard greens, The Danes eat kale, Germans eat sauerkraut. Supposedly the more greens you eat, the greater your fortune in the upcoming year.

So take your turkey fryer or outdoor patio stove and stock pot with you to the game and make up a big pot of lentils or lentil soup. Better yet lentils and sausages. Or make some pork and sauerkraut for the game.

Whatever lucky food you decide to make on New Years Day at the game, I’m sure the warm food on a chilly day will be a welcome treat.

Lentils and Sausage:

1 lb hot italian sausage
1 lg onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 bag baby carrots
8 cups chicken broth
2 14 oz can(s) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
2 c dry green lentils, rinsed
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 c parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Brown sausage in stock pot; drain well.
In the stock pot, combine all ingredients except parmesan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; cover.
Simmer for about 1 hour or until the lentils are tender. Add water, if necessary, for desired consistency

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

This recipe will serve about 10 so if you have a large tailgate crowd, adjust for size.

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