The area we live in has a very large Pennsylvania Dutch population. For those of you not familiar with the term, it is the name given to German settlers in our region. The food of this area is heavily influenced by the PA Dutch but two of the biggest food days of the year are Fasnacht day and New Years Day. Fasnacht day happens in the spring, it is the day before lent and we make the best donuts and serve them with syrup…..but that is a story for another day.
New Years Day tradition is Pork and Sauerkraut. I made homemade sauerkraut using red cabbage a few months back so I paired that with breaded baked pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, and glazed carrots. I was a beautifully colored plate! The picture is a bit blurry but the husband was hungry so I rushed the photo.
Pork for good luck and well-being, sauerkraut for wealth and happiness. Carrots because they are so good for you, candied to lend a bit of sweetness. Not a bad way to start off a new year.
It is said that the more strands of sauerkraut you eat, the more wealth you can expect in the New Year……
Hopefully you filled your plate with something equally delicious to ring in the New Year!