The high fat content in pork signifies wealth and prosperity; plus, pigs push their snouts forward when rooting for food, which represents progress. (In contrast, turkeys and chickens scratch backward for their food. For that reason, and the superstition that happiness will fly away with the birds feathers, many people avoid poultry for the New Year.) Suckling pig is a favorite at New Year's meals in Russia, Austria, Hungary and Portugal; in Germany, you'll find roasted pork and sausages, and in Sweden, pork trotters.
Make braised pork with apples and rosemary »