Good Luck Meal

There are many New Year traditions out there, but my favorite is the New Year dinner.  Every year we make pork, black eyed peas, and collard greens...and cornbread, because its delicious.  This meal goes back a ways and I don't see it changing anytime soon.

( because pigs look foward )

4 boneless pork loin chops
olive oil
salt and pepper
  1. Season the both sides of the pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Fry the meat in a large skillet in a small amount of oil.
  3. Cook each side until brown (about 5 minutes).

Collard Greens
( complements the black eyed peas )

1 bag frozen collard greens
3 cups water
2 strips of cooked bacon
1/2 a small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper
  1. Combine package contents and water in a medium pot.
  2. Add crumbled bacon, onion, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until desired tenderness

Black Eyed Peas
( attract good luck and good financial fortune )

1 can black eyed peas
  1. Pour can into pot (undrained).
  2. Cook on medium heat until warm and tender.

( just another reminder that I'm southern )

1 egg
1 1/3 cups milk or 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups Self-Rising Corn Meal Mix
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.  Grease and 8x8 inch baking pan with butter or Crisco.  
  2. Beat egg in medium bowl.
  3. Stir in milk, oil, and corn meal mix until smooth.  
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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