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Jun 6, 2007 06:22 PM

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.

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  1. Well, at the risk of stating the obvious, try less garlic.

    The additive of choice would depend on what you're making. Like you, I prefer lots of garlic whereas others do not. I've not suffered from using somewhat less garlic.

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    1. re: 280 Ninth

      I should have clarified... any amount of garlic is bad for him. A lot of garlic is just my preference.

      1. re: 280 Ninth

        Shallots, like garlic is a member of the Allium family. I have a friend that is allergic to garlic and stays away from the entire group.

      2. 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.


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        1. re: hitachino

          not vomiting... but bad gas. And yes, I know tat there is much more than just garlic that gets it going, but I try to minimize it for my sake!


          1. re: lamlex

            beano saved my marriage. and lest you think i'm joking....i'm not. :o)

        2. Try using garlic greens or stems.
          You could also try Chinese or Korean garlic chives which should be available in Asian stores.

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          1. re: hannaone

            oooh i second garlic chives! yummy.

          2. 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.

            1. i love garlic but have not any problems so far. perhaps if you love garlic just rub it on whatever you are preparing - the oil alone is mighty tasty.

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              1. re: howchow

                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.