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10 Traditional Foods to Serve on New Year's Eve

Photo: Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen

Around the world, foods believed to bring luck, prosperity, fertility and abundance are served to ring in the New Year. Coin-shaped lentils are thought to bring wealth. In many Asian countries, noodles are a must on New Year’s Eve and Day – the longer the better – eating them without breaking them is thought to bring long life. Pomegranates are associated with fertility and abundance; and ring-shaped foods like doughnuts and bundt cakes symbolize “coming full circle”, bringing luck in the New Year.


  • PEI Fish Cakes 1 of 12
    PEI Fish Cakes
    Seafood has been a traditional offering on New Year's Eve for centuries; these bite-sized fish cakes are perfect for a cocktail party, appealing to kids and grown-ups alike.
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  • Warm Lentil Salad 2 of 12
    Warm Lentil Salad
    A warm lentil salad is just the thing when baby, it's cold outside. Nutrient-dense lentils won't wilt, making this dish perfect for buffets and potlucks.
    Patent and the Pantry has the recipe!
  • Spinach Pockets 3 of 12
    Spinach Pockets
    Greens symbolize money for a prosperous new year - these spinach pockets are perfect for a party, and resemble a wallet full of cash!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnuts 4 of 12
    Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnuts
    Warm spices and comfort foods are still appealing over the holidays - freshly made doughnuts may be just the thing for those swearing to cut back on carbs on January 1!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Ruby Red Salad with Pomegranates 5 of 12
    Ruby Red Salad with Pomegranates
    Pomegranate arils make a delicious and colourful topping for a salad - this one is extra dolled up for the occasion with pink vinaigrette!
    Family Bites has the recipe!
  • Five Ways with Lentils – and Coconut Curried Green Lentil Soup 6 of 12
    Five Ways with Lentils - and Coconut Curried Green Lentil Soup
    Aimee of Simple Bites has a way with lentils - five ways, in fact! Plus a recipe for divine curried coconut soup - perfect for a New Year's Eve dinner party.
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Marinated Chicken and Grape Skewers with Garden Lentil Pilaf 7 of 12
    Marinated Chicken and Grape Skewers with Garden Lentil Pilaf
    Chicken chunks alternate with juicy grapes on these skewers, which could be served as is for a cocktail party, or with the lentil pilaf for a celebratory meal.
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Pomegranate Lime Fizzy 8 of 12
    Pomegranate Lime Fizzy
    Looking for a fizzy, festive drink to ring in the new year? Try a sweet-tart pomegranate limy fizzy - perfect for kids, or add a splash of booze for the grown-ups!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Power Noodles 9 of 12
    Power Noodles
    A pile of power noodles served Asian-style makes a great casual meal with friends, bringing fortune and longevity to the New Year!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 10 of 12
    Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    A ring-shaped bundt cake gets festive when it's red velvet - a perfect pairing for luxurious cream cheese frosting!
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Momofuku Ginger Scallion Noodles 11 of 12
    Momofuku Ginger Scallion Noodles
    Made famous by Momofuku in NYC, these easy to make, inexpensive noodles are the first step to prosperity in the New Year.
    Patent and the Pantry has the recipe!
  • Yeast-Raised Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze 12 of 12
    Yeast-Raised Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze
    A double whammy here! Pomegranates and ring-shaped yeast doughnuts are a perfect treat if you're looking for something special to snack on this New Year's Eve.
    Sophistimom has the recipe!

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