Polish New Year’s Lucky Meal
- 1 roll of sausage ( or meat flavored product if you wish)
- 1 pound of sauerkraut or greens
- 1 cup cooked lentils or other beans
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon mustard seed
- 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- coarse black pepper, to taste
This recipe takes inspiration from a Polish New Year’s meal but use greens and beans instead sauerkraut and lentils and it can be from any culture.
In a large flat bottomed skillet, coated with oil, brown sausage, chopping into small pieces and you go, when it’s browned good on all sides, add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well cover, simmer about 15 minutes, and serve with crusty pumpernickel or rye bread if made with sauerkraut or serve over rice if made with greens.
In many cultures it is a tradition to eat certain foods on holidays to bring good luck.
In the south, many families would have collards, rice and black-eyed peas each new year. The beans were to bring luck, eating collards would bring money, and the rice represents pearls for prosperity or eggs for fertility.
Whether or not eating collards will bring you wealth I cant say but I know you will be “rich” in vitamins and minerals!