sans flavor

Tonight my very nice, new inlaws are coming over for dinner for the first time since J. and I got married and moved into our new house. The inlaws, plus my new sister and brother in law and their very adorable toddler. I am going to fix a big dinner, but there is a problem: they won't eat anything with garlic or onions. Nothing. Nada. And I can't figure out what I can feed them that won't have any onion or garlic in it whatseoever. I need something relatively easy that will feed numerous people that isn't vegetarian and doesn't involve onions or garlic. I feel not up to this task.

Yesterday Dr Neighbor surprised me by showing up in my kitchen with beer, new kitchen knives, new cutting boards and about 10 lbs of roast. All for me. Then he set about showing me how to prepare this wonderful mexican roast. Unfortunately, he was showing me how to cut with my new, very sharp kitchen knives and I accidentally sliced nearly the entire side of the end of my finger off. It bled A LOT and it hurts today. But we managed to fix the roast and get it into the fridge to marinate overnight. Then I put it in the oven this morning and it's cooking away and should be delicious, but unfortunately I cannot feed it to the guests coming tonight because it has....onions and garlic in it.


karrie said...

Roast a chicken. Rub it with olive oil or butter, some salt & pepper, and stuff a pierced lemon in its cavity. (kinky!) Use herbs with caution if they hate garlic.

Cut up some potatoes into chunks (probably peel them for this crowd) When they're tender, drain, then throw back into the empty pot, smash them silly and add a little cream or milk or sour cream until you get a texture you like. You could use hand beaters too if you think lumps could be a problem. Add a little s&p.

Serve with a really simple salad, and some fresh bread.

karrie said...

Doh--boil the potatoes if that was not obvious.

karrie said...

Sorry for the serial posts--maybe two chickens for a crowd this size. Leftovers can be used for sandwiches, etc.

Anonymous said...


Beci said...

Creamy Chicken and Chile Enchiladas

1 pound uncooked chicken breast
1 package of cream cheese
1 can of chopped green chiles
1 package of flour torillas
2 cans of green chile enchilada sauce
3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 400. Grease a largish baking dish.
Boil chicken until no longer pink.
Shred chicken with a fork.
Put chicken into skillet and add cream cheese and chiles.
Cook until cream cheese is melted and all is blended.
Spoon filling onto tortillas, roll up and place seam side down in baking dish.
Pour enchilda sauce over top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
Bake 15-20 minutes.
Serve with chips and dip.
It's really yummy.

Beci said...

Do chiles count as a cousin to onions ?

Sarada said...

Sounds like hamburgers and french fries to me.

Anonymous said...

del monte

lcreekmo said...

I like Karrie's idea. Frankly, though in principle I respect other's gastronomic eccentricities and allergies, in reality, they drive me insane. I am friends or related to people who won't eat:
* onions
* nuts [not allergic, just won't eat]
* mushrooms
* legumes

People, almost everything I cook has two or more items from that list on it.

dedanaan said...

Man, I can hardly think of any recipe without garlic and onions. Maybe oatmeal? Pancakes? In the future, maybe you can have them over for breakfast instead of dinner.

Anonymous said...

Li'l Debbie

Anonymous said...

If I am not mistaken, Hare Krishnas do not eat onions or garlic, and the reason (I think) is that they believe those foods overstimulate Chakra #2. Are your in-laws Hare Krishnas, perchance?

Here is a link to "the Higher Taste" a book I explored some back in the 1980s when I was acquainted with some HKs. There are links to recipes there.

dewi said...

What did you make them?

Learn to cook the simplest foods first. This is the foundation to all cooking then you can make anything. Instead of learning silly recipes, learn how to roast, bake, broil, sauté and steam foods. Then you can cook any recipe you want.

Buy a meat thermometer and the book the joy of cooking!

Make a plain roast beef, or roast turkey and gravy.
Baked or mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Buy pie and ice cream for desert.
It does not get easier.

Anonymous said...

Oops here is the Higher Taste link:

Anonymous said...

sheesh! even my kids will eat onions and garlic.

I am LOL at some of the suggestions! Oatmeal - HA!!!

Anonymous said...

Many people are allergic to onion and garlic.

dewi said...

It is more common than you think for people not to like food seasoned with onions and garlic or spices (my parents are like Jon's and do not like these flavors). That is the beauty of serving guest's roasted meat or poultry and potatoes it pleases everyone but the non-meat eaters. You can always make extra side vegetable dishes that are very flavorful or spicy so people that like strong flavors can still enjoy the meal and not think it is bland.

And the vegetarians can look on in horror and eat only side dishes for dinner.

katie allison granju said...

Nope! Not Krishnas ;-)

I made mexican casserole with no onions but lots of other flavors, plus grilled asparagus.

They didn't eat much ;-)

I tried!

The big hit of the evening was the delicious dessert tray (cookies, brownies) that Jon's mom brought. It really was yummy ...

jon said...

Katie is being modest. Everyone ate plenty, and her food was a hit. It's not easy pleasing my picky family (I'm not going to try to make excuses for them), and Katie really soared.


Naomi said...

I have a friend (a vegetarian friend, no less) who is allergic to onions and garlic.

Pretty much every recipe I make starts out with, "dice one onion and mince or press at least two cloves of garlic." The only exceptions are things like my roast pork shoulder, which is obviously out when cooking for a vegetarian.

Anonymous said...

Family rule #1....When in doubt, cook meatloaf. Pack of ground meat, can of vegetable soup, one egg, and approximately 3/4 a pack of saltine crackers (we normally use onion, but that can be omitted). With mashed potatoes and green beans cooked with salt pork, it's a good Southern meal.

Anonymous said...

Real Italian (Sicilian) Sauce for pasta-heat up some olive oil(3T)add 1 can tomato paste with a T or 2 of oregano, 1 T basil. Slowly add 3 cans water while stirring. Let flavors meld together for about 5 minutes.Add 2 lg cans crushed tomatoes.Throw in about six links of sausage with fennel or even some uncooked pork chops (any meat )Cook on medium about an hour (or two or three if you like)Be sure to stir occasionally! Sooooo GOOD!A nice loaf of Italian bread,a little salad with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and you are good to go! jbc