Happy New Year: Good Luck New Year Cornbread Skillet


Happy New Year!

Good Luck New Year Cornbread Skillet serves up your good luck for the new year. You can enjoy your pork, black-eyed peas and collards under a layer of golden cornbread, all in one skillet or dish!


Collards or greens represent the green of money, black-eyed peas symbolize coins, and cornbread stands for gold. Eating pork on New Year’s Day is thought to bring good luck since pigs represent prosperity and because they “root forward” with their noses, symbolizing progress.


Whether or not this dish brings you good luck or prosperity in the new year, it’s a delicious to enjoy these Southern flavors!


The original recipe calls for a 12-inch skillet, I adapted the recipe and used two 6-inch skillets and box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix for the cornbread topping for an easy short cut.


Good Luck New Year Cornbread Skillet, recipe adapted from The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook, Oxmoor


1 pound smoked sausage (I used andouille sausage for a little spice and heat)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced

2 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped collards or turnip greens, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Cornbread Topping:

1 (8.5 ounce) box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

1/3 cup milk

1 large egg, lightly beaten



Preheat the oven to 400°.

Making the filling: Cut the sausage in half lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Combine the sausage, onion, and garlic in a 12-inch cast iron skillet; cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and the onion is softened, stirring occasionally. Add the black-eyed peas, broth, greens, and hot pepper sauce; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.


Make the cornbread: Combine the cornbread topping ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until blended. Spoon batter just around the edge of the sausage mixture in the skillet. Bake until the topping is golden brown, about 25 – 30 minutes.

Notes: I adjusted the quantities in this recipe for my shallow 6 inch skillets, using 1 can of black-eyed peas, (2) 5-inch sausages, slightly less than a can of chicken stock and the same amount of collards. Divide the box of prepared Jiffy cornbread between the 2 skillets.

You can find a printable recipe, HERE.


I have a small collection of vintage New Year post cards and one that offers a message for good luck. . .


A Happy New Year, dear friend, that’s my wish for you.

And lots of good luck I also send to last the whole year through!


 You might also like

Good Luck New Year Layered Cornbread Salad

A layered salad with ingredients to bring good luck in the new year~ cornbread, corn kernels, black-eyed peas, and bacon. Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes and smoked turkey, makes it a complete meal.


Wishing you Good Luck and Good Eats in the New Year!

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  18 comments for “Happy New Year: Good Luck New Year Cornbread Skillet

  1. Lynn Schantz
    January 1, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Happy New Years Mary and to all who visit your site. Breakfast looks wonderful.

  2. January 1, 2017 at 8:40 am

    GMTA…I just finished making cornbread in a pie plate, using a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix for the cornbread!! I like to add a pinch of sugar to it, as DH liked it a little sweeter. He always complained it was “too dry” for him. I bet if I would have made it YOUR way like this, he wouldn’t have been complaining one bit.

    Happy New Year, Mary!!! Thank you again for a delightful year’s worth of beautiful inspirations!

  3. Barbara
    January 1, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Wow. What timing. My husband and I were just talking about going to the grocery store to get our “good luck” dinner supplies. This recipe is the answer! Thanks so much for giving us a new different dish to try. Happy New Year!

  4. January 1, 2017 at 8:49 am

    This all looks really great!….I have all my good luck food to cook today!….Happy New Year Mary!

  5. January 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

    What a perfect New Year’s Day meal, Mary, with so many layers of flavor. I’m making a Black-Eyed Pea Soup to bring some good luck for 2017. Happy New Year! 🎉🎈🎉

  6. Ellen Stillabower
    January 1, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Good food for a good New Year!!! ❤❤❤❤

  7. Sue
    January 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Happy New Year Mary! Love your New Year cards and their sweet wishes. Love too the Southern traditions you share with us…The skillett good luck meal…So fun!

  8. January 1, 2017 at 10:39 am

    We have our good luck peas and cornbread ready. I hope January 1, 2017 is a beautiful day at the lake and that the year brings you health, happiness, and good luck in all things. Thanks for the inspiration you continually share with your readers and especially your friendship though our blogs. Happy New Year!

  9. Carol Griffin
    January 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Happy New Year to you, Mary! Being from the South, we also do the traditional New Year’s Day meal which consists of a country ham, black eyed peas and rice (aka Hoppin’ John), turnip greens because we like them better than collards, and corn bread. Love getting your blogs and look forward to seeing what all you have for us in 2017!

  10. Bev
    January 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I did not know these were good luck foods. Love the vintage cards. Happy New Years to you and thanks for all of your inspiration in 2016.

  11. January 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    What a great idea!
    Happy New Year, Mary!

  12. Paula
    January 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm


    Happy New Year !!! May Your year be full of grandness !


  13. January 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Sounds like a great meal Mary! Happy New Year-enjoy:@)

  14. Jean
    January 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Mary , Thanks for all of your great ideas. Happy New Year to everyone! Jean

  15. January 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    What a brilliant dish for New Year’s Mary, I love the idea of an individual skillet, that way you don’t have to share :) We are going non traditional tonight with steak and lobster, so please eat some black eyed peas for me! Happy 2017!

  16. January 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Mary, everything “good luck” in a skillet seems perfect and easy. I always cook the traditional fare for New Years, but fortunately I didn’t have to cook today, my sweet SIL did all the cooking and it was delicious! I love the vintage cards!

  17. Cyndi Raines
    January 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    This Northern girl thinks she would really enjoy that Southern New Year’s Day dish! Looking for a better 2017 and your blog is one our special treats! Thanks Mary! Happy New Year and God Bless!

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