During the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, every grocery store in the South will run low on three things and that is because of a ritual that ensures a prosperous new year for those who are wise enough to heed its importance.
We must have black-eyed peas for luck, greens for money and pork so that we’ll live high off the hog in the coming year. No exceptions. If you can’t find black-eyed peas where you live, you’d better get some mail order pronto. Greens mean spinach, kale, mustard, or collard. Lettuce does not count. However, you have a lot of leeway on the pig. Ribs, sausage, tenderloin, bacon…it’s all good.
You must make something of these three ingredients on New Year’s Day or you will just so regret it the rest of the year. Ditto, if you did not put your coins outside your front door on New Year’s Eve and bring them back in New Year’s morning. Do you think we’re overly superstitious in the South? Thank you. I didn’t think so.
It does not matter if you make your good luck meal for breakfast, lunch or supper. This year, I am choosing football food as my theme even though there is not even one stinkin’ college bowl game on New Year’s Day. What’s up with that? I hate the NFL. What a bunch of bullies. But I will enjoy my pork loin sandwiches with spinach sauce and black-eyed pea salsa nonetheless as I watch our sad Tennessee Titans play the Houston Texans. Maybe I should ship some sandwiches over to my guys to improve their odds.
This menu will serve 10-12 people, depending on which team you’re rooting for and the level of alcohol consumption. ~ Catherine
Note: I did my pork in my Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared Turkey Fryer. It is a dandy device that has yielded perfect results every time I’ve used it. You can easily do your pork loin in a smoker or grill with a temperature of about 300° F degrees, but it will take longer than the hour or so it took mine to cook.