Must-Make Recipes for New Year’s Day

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New Years Day recipes

With New Year’s Day coming up fast, I thought I’d share some of my family’s classic must have recipes for the big New Year’s Day meal!

pot of black eyed peas and smoked turkey

First up is black eyed pea. These are a must for New Year’s Day on Southern tables. I make mine in the crock pot with a smoked turkey leg. This is a fuss free way to have perfectly cooked black eyed peas. 

Click here for this Slow Cooker Blackeyed Peas with Smoked Turkey Leg recipe

veggie hoppin john black eyed peas

Vegetarian Hoppin’ John version of Blackeyed Peas

Fried Apples

Fried Apples make an amazing side dish and this recipe is a great copycat version of the ones you get at Cracker Barrel. 

Click here for this Fried Apples recipe

Collards for New YEars
Next up greens! In this post I show you how to make fresh greens from collards, but this recipe works for turnip greens as well. Also on this post, learn how to make that beloved clear hot pepper sauce that is so good on greens, beans, and anything else you add it to. For quicker greens, click here.

Click here for this Collard Greens and Pepper Sauce recipe

Stack of cornbread.

Put a spin on the Southern favorite with this broccoli cheese cornbread. Fluffy yet moist and cheesy, it certainly packs a hearty homestyle flavor punch.

Homestyle Broccoli Cheese Cornbread

Mexican Cornbread

How about some of Mama’s Mexican Cornbread? It is so good it could just about be a meal in and of itself! 

Click here for this Mexican Cornbread recipe

And there are a couple other Cornbread Recipes to consider:

dixie cornbread

Dixie Cornbread with Buttermilk

Hot Water Cornbread Recipe: Only Two Ingredients

Vintage Punch recipes

You might also enjoy my collection of 3 Vintage Punch Recipes, which includes my Iced Tea Punch. Click here to see the others.

What are you most looking forward to in 2024?

I know we are all hoping for some gradual change to more normal times, but besides that, what else do you hope for in 2024? 

I love hearing from you. Your comments are what make this a conversation! 


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  1. Have been making black-eyed peas and cornbread every New Years Day for many years. Supposed to bring good luck. I like to think it does!

  2. I’m just thankful that the Lord carried me through my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. My life is in His hands.

  3. We are looking forward to Hoppin’ Johns, collards, corny-cornbread, apple cobbler and sweet tea for New Years Day dinner. Gotta have all the traditions to start the new year off right.
    My plan is to be as good person I can be, with the help and guidance of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    I’m also praying for a better year with my bank account. It always seems to be a struggle when your retired
    Have a Happy New Year!

    1. Was gifted with a country ham for Christmas. I am a 75year old widow and live alone. I took the ham to my local grocer this morning and a very kind young man in the butcher shop cut it into manageable pieces and slices. I have given some away and will freeze a few slices and cook the “hock” with blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day to eat with my mixed greens and cornbread. Never had a fresh country ham so we will see how it turns out!

      Just want to say that I’m loving the study. Learning a lot even tho I’m not a new Christian. I’m finding that I read ahead and then re-read the day it is assigned. I’m doing other short daily devotional plans online and find the more I study, the more I want to. You are a wonderful teacher and friend, Christy. Thank you !

  4. I am looking forward to learning more from the word. I need it so much. YHWH is becoming even more important to me each day.

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