Hands down, Meatloaf is my number one go-to comfort food! I literally could eat this weekly and never get tired of it. This recipe is originally from my mother, which I have since tweaked just a teensy little bit. You will find that making this meatloaf is really quite simple, but yet tastes like you’ve spent hours on it. Try it tonight!
How can I start the new year out without talking about FOOD??? Specifically, New Years Celebrations with food traditions. Being from Pennsylvania, I was brought up with the tradition of eating sauerkraut and hot dogs (minus the pork because my mom will not eat pork with sauerkraut) in hopes that it would bring us prosperity and good health in the new year. I have since included pork in with my annual sauerkraut and hot dogs tradition and this year is no different.
Pennsylvania is known for it’s rich German heritage and Amish country, which often translates into Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Germans eat sauerkraut on New Years because they believe it will bring many blessings and wealth. The pig is a symbol of progress and good luck for many cultures, including the Germans, and as such, pork became the common addition to the eating sauerkraut tradition.
I make my dish in my crockpot as all the flavors from the sauerkraut, hot dogs, and pork become well blended and taste the absolute best. (See my recipe below) I serve it with mashed potatoes and we eat on it all day.
Now that I live in the South, I’ve incorporated a southern tradition as well. (These days, we need all the luck we can get, right??) Cooked greens are eaten in hopes of wealth as the green leaves are thought to represent money. This year I went with just collards and I included EXTRA fatty bacon too because, not only does that add to the deliciousness of the dish, I plan on moving some mountains in 2015!! :o)
Oh, and in case you were wondering, there are a few “unlucky” foods that are suggested that we don’t eat on New Years: Lobster – they move backwards and could lead to setbacks; Chicken – they scratch backwards and could cause you to dwell on your past; and, Any winged fowl as that may cause any good luck to fly away. Interesting, huh?
Whatever your food tradition is for New Years, I hope 2015 brings you everything you’re hoping for and then some!!