Shallots as substitute for garlic
My boyfriend's stomach reacts very badly when I cook with a lot of garlic (as I like to do). It doesn't matter how cooked down it is, how thinly I slice it - nothing makes it better. I use shallots as a substitute, but am wondering if anyone has a better idea.
you're obviously not going to recreate a garlic flavor without garlic.
shallots substitute, but are very wimpy.
how badly does his stomach react? vomiting or just gas?
if it's just gas, i'd say your BF is a normal male and you're in for a lot more "bad stomach reactions" in the future.
a lot more.
Shallots are much more similar to onions than garlic. The only thing I can think of that tastes like garlic is, well, garlic. Really, I don't think there are any substitutes. Shallots are probably about as close as you'll get.
That's an unfortunate aversion your BF has. Garlic is some damn tasty stuff. I know I would have a hard time without it.
I second the rubbing it on idea. You might also suggest that your boyfriend get an allergy test just to find out if an allergy might be the source of the intolerance. ( I have a dear friend who loves cooking and likes garlic but unfortunately acquired a garlic allergy.) This friend has a bigger problem with raw garlic than with cooked, so you might find that infusing some oil you like to to use in cooking with some roasted garlic might help. I've never tried what follows before, but maybe you could steep some oil with roasted garlic cloves wrapped in cheese cloth or a tea ball to impart some garlic flavor.