New Year’s Day Soul Bowl is a heaping bowl of goat cheese grits, topped with all the luck, good fortune, and prosperity you need to start the new year well!
Call in all the good things with this deliciously amazing “soul bowl” on the first of the new year.
A shallow bowl is heaped high with grits, collard greens, roasted sweet potatoes, grilled pork chops, black-eyed pea salad, chow chow, and hush puppies!
If you’re looking for a new way to eat Hoppin Johns on New Year’s Day, this recipe post is for you!
New Year’s Day Soul Bowl Breakdown
Here’s the gist of the bowl: Everything is piled onto a steaming bowl of grits, and meant to be mixed and consumed slowly while pondering what you’re calling into the new year.
Everything gets piled high on a loving bed of Goat Cheese Grits. Make these fresh, the morning of.
Everything else can be made ahead of time!
We need collard greens and black-eyed peas for good fortune and luck in the new year.
Make up a heaping container for this Cowboy Caviar recipe! This is the black-eyed pea salad I love using in this bowl.
Next, you’ll need a good healthy pot of Collard Greens! I’ve got a great recipe for Collard Greens with Bacon, and it’s something I make often.
Roast up some sweet potatoes, as I show in this Instagram post, and you’ll have the most deliciously amazing roasted sweet potatoes anytime.
Use the Best Grilled Pork Chops Recipe, and slice each chop up into bite-size pieces. This could be done a couple of days ahead of time.
Pick up some Chow Chow from your grocery store. You can order from Amazon if you’re store doesn’t carry it. It’s just the best, on almost everything!
What is Chow Chow?? It’s a Southern pickled condiment with cabbage, onions, green bell peppers, and whatever is leftover in your garden at the end of the season.
Assembling Your Soul Bowl
After you have all the components made, ready, and waiting, let’s build our Soul Bowls!
Ladle the goat cheese grits into shallow bowls. It doesn’t need to be super full, just enough to cover the bottom.
Then, you have a couple of options:
Let people fill their own bowls with what they want, and however much they want of each item.
Or, work your way around the components, turning the bowl into a new “section” each time.
Finally, these bowls are meant to be a source of warm comfort food for the start of the new year.
Enjoy these with your family and friends gathered nearby!