Delicious New Year Food Traditions From Around the World

Turkey Pita Nachos with Pomegranate and Mint
Photo: Blaine Moats

The New Year is celebrated all around the world with remarkable cuisines and food traditions that you can adapt for your own holiday party. Bring good luck and prosperity to your New Year's celebration with our delicious recipes that span across the world. These global New Year's food traditions are worth the effort—so for now, forget your passport and grab a plate!

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American South: Calico Blue Corn Bread

Calico Blue Corn Bread
Jason Donnelly

The golden hue of corn bread is believed to bring wealth in the New Year—but your guests will consider themselves lucky just to eat this sweet dish baked and served in a cast iron skillet ($40, Williams Sonoma). This one-pan buttermilk bread takes just 15 minutes of prep time and boasts a creative ingredient: blue-tinted corn. Toss some fire-roasted kernels into the batter for extra luck, and get ready for a crowd reaction that's as good as gold.

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American South: Black-Eyed Peas

Black-Eyed Peas
Andy Lyons

As traditional southern soul food, black-eyed peas are proclaimed to bring prosperity in the New Year. There are countless ways to cook up this New Year's Eve side dish, but a crowd-favorite is to make stewed black-eyed peas. Our recipe includes a crowd-pleasing spicy chile kick that will catapult you toward success (at least at your New Year's party!).

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American South: Savory Collard Greens

Savory Collard Greens
Andy Lyons

These hearty greens are an American favorite during the New Year because of their savory flavor and bright coloring that matches money. To perfect this side dish, cook lightly-spiced pancetta in an 8-quart pot ($38, Target) until browned and allow it to simmer in chicken broth with bunches of collard greens until they are tender.

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American South: Blue Cheese Cornbread

Blue Cheese Cornbread Muffins
Maryanne of The Little Epicurean

This bite-sized southern staple mixes the sweetness of delicate corn with a strong kick of blue cheese. Drizzle this soft dinner bread with a helping of honey and enjoy it with your New Year's Eve feast of choice.

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France: Champagne Party Punch

Champagne Party Punch
Adam Albright

Pass the punch! This golden-hued New Year's recipe combines bubbly champagne with sweet Moscato and a subtle Cognac finish. The French-inspired party punch is best displayed with a garnish of citrus kumquats. Serve this one in a punch bowl and let guests help themselves.

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Germany: Sauerkraut and Pork Shoulder Roast

Sauerkraut and Pork Shoulder Roast
Jacob Fox

Serve tender beer-marinated pork on a thick, open-faced sandwich for a German-inspired meal during the New Year. For extra luck, add a hearty helping of homemade sauerkraut. This dish was popularized in America thanks to the Pennsylvania Dutch who believed pork symbolized progress and that the cabbage condiment would bring a sweet year.

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Chinese: Sesame Dan Dan Noodle Bowl

Sesame Dan Dan Noodle Bowl
Aya Brackett

To sustain a long life, eat a broth bowl with Chinese egg noodles during the New Year. Our sesame broth and Asian-flavored pork will keep you warm during the holiday, and the traditional dish from China's Szechuan province will add worldly charm to your dinner menu.

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China: Soup Dumplings

Soup Dumplings
Hannah Bigot

In China, the more dumplings you consume equals the luckier your New Year's celebration will supposedly be. Challenge accepted? Make these authentic pork-stuffed dumpling buns with a savory soup filling, and your family will keep asking for seconds.

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Mexico: Mini Tamales

Mini Tamales
Blaine Moats

Mini Mexican appetizers to kick off New Year's Eve? Yes, please! These tasty tamales can be customized with savory pork, spicy shrimp, classic chicken, or cheesy queso. This traditional Mexican cuisine is cherished year-round, but it's especially enjoyed during holiday celebrations. Use a steamer basket to cook them to perfection.

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Turkey: Pita Nachos with Pomegranate and Mint

Turkey Pita Nachos with Pomegranate and Mint
Blaine Moats

For a fresh take on your New Year's party appetizer, make Mediterranean nachos featuring fresh pomegranate seeds. In Turkey, pomegranates are said to usher abundance and fertility into the New Year. In our quick-and-easy recipe, pita chips are covered with feta cheese, shredded turkey, zesty spices, and fresh pomegranate seeds.

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Spain: Bacon-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallots with Blistered Grapes

Bacon-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Shallots with Blistered Grapes
Blaine Moats

The grapes of Spain are certainly well-loved during the holiday season (ahem, wine), but they are also considered good luck on their own during the New Year celebration. To easily incorporate grapes into your New Year's dinner, roast them alongside sweet potatoes, shallots, and bacon.

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Italy: Caramelized Veggie Lentil Salad

Caramelized Veggie Lentil Salad
Andy Lyons

The Italians believe lentils, which are chock-full of protein and fiber, will bring prosperity to all who consume the New Year's dish. This hearty salad will keep you feeling healthy in the New Year, but the good fortune is up to you! To make, toss together lentils, caramelized vegetables, and herbs with a tangy balsamic dressing to create this one-of-a-kind veggie salad.

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Japan: Bahn Mi Noodle Bowl

Banh Mi Ramen Noodle Bowl
Blaine Moats

This protein-packed broth bowl is filled with Japanese ramen noodles for longevity in the New Year. Sriracha sauce and ginger add flavor to this 25-minute meal, while radishes and cucumber make a colorful and delicious garnish.

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