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sram Jul 10, 2009 12:03 PM

Hello all -

Hosting a last-minute dinner party tonight. One of my guests is allergic to the following:

nightshades (tomatoes. . . etc)
wheat
soy
shellfish
Capsicums (including all chilies)

Ideas for a quick menu that accomodates this and feeds four (one woman, three men, so maybe it should serve six).

  1. c
    chococat Jul 10, 2009 12:40 PM

    I have no helpful suggestions, but good luck! That sounds like quite a challenge and you are a wonderful host for being so thoughtful!

    1. Ima Wurdibitsch Jul 10, 2009 12:46 PM

      Steak, potatoes, salad!

      Or, grill flank steak, chicken or pork seasoned with garlic, lime, and cumin. Provide corn tortillas (flour for the non-allergic, if you like), veggies, cheeses, etc. and have a "make your own" taco bar. Serve rice and beans as side dishes. You can keep all the components separate and everyone can customize their own meal.

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      1. re: Ima Wurdibitsch
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        Sal Vanilla Jul 10, 2009 12:52 PM

        A caesar salad with no croutons for sicky.

        1. re: Sal Vanilla
          MMRuth Jul 10, 2009 12:59 PM

          Maybe rice cake croutons!

        2. re: Ima Wurdibitsch
          Caroline1 Jul 10, 2009 01:22 PM

          Potatoes are in the nightshade family.

          Maybe a steak, chicken or fish with rice of some sort and a salad. The problem with allergies as complex as his is that you're hog-tied when it comes to most "compound" recipes such as casseroles.

          I think I would go with a couple of chickens "Frenched" (backbone removed and laid out flat) for broiling, then make a pan sauce from the drippings by adding some minced shallots, a bit of cognac and some white vermouth, then taking the sauce off the flame and "glaze" it with butter. Then serve with plain white rice and a nice salad with a vinaigrette dressing. That should pretty much clear all of the allergy hurdles you've mentioned, and I doubt very much anyone will feel they're being forced to eat an "allergen free meal."

          Good luck! And I'd do two chickens, unless the guys are really big eaters, then I'd do three. Have fun, whatever you decide!

        3. c oliver Jul 10, 2009 12:49 PM

          Doesn't sound hard. Grill something, make a salad and have potatoes or rice fixed however you like. Although I have no food alllergies, I could go long periods of time without using those ingredients --- well, except for peppers but one night won't kill ya. Don't bog yourself down; keep it simple.

          1. r
            restless Jul 10, 2009 12:50 PM

            Sorry if this is too late, but perhaps try something like this:

            Chicken piecs rubbed with cumin, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper, and grilled. Serve with a dressing of olive oil, cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice.
            Saffron Rice - Cook white rice in chicken broth with saffron. Add some cilantro or parsley at the end for color and freshness and maybe a squeeze of lime juice. Also, if the guest is not allergic to nuts, you could toast some pistachios and add them to the rice for interest.
            Veggies: If zuke or summer squash is not a nightshade, I would slice that and grill it with the chicken - olive oil, salt and pepper. If zuke and squash are out, try grilled asparagus.
            Dessert: pudding made with no flour, like a cornstarch pudding recipe. Or grilled peaches or plumns with whipped cream and honey. Or fresh berries over ice cream.

            1. c
              cyberroo Jul 10, 2009 12:52 PM

              That doesn't really sound that difficult to me, but I might be underestimating the impact of the nightshades. You have all meats still available, from steak to chicken to pork, most veggies, and if you need a starch, you can do any rice dish. I'd avoid anything Asian or Mexican, because you'd have a hard time, but a simple American summer meal would be fantastic - pork tenderloin or steaks, risotto or rice pilaf, and a green veggie.

              I believe potatoes are considered nightshades, but in the summer, I don't think you really need a carb.

              Good luck!

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              1. re: cyberroo
                c oliver Jul 10, 2009 01:00 PM

                You're right; I didn't know that about potatoes. But some sliced avocado, onions, many things. Much easier to cook for in the summer.

              2. c
                cimui Jul 10, 2009 01:27 PM

                In case anyone else was unclear on what falls in the nightshade category, Whole Foods says this: "Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are classified as nightshade foods."

                This might be a little bit late for you, but I'd consider making one of the following sets:

                -- summer rolls (http://www.chow.com/recipes/10641 ; leave out the hot peppers and use shredded chicken instead of shrimp; if rice wrappers are hard to find where you are, just make lettuce wraps
                )-- pork chops (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... ; check to make sure your fish sauce brand doesn't include wheat
                )-- sticky rice
                -- store-bought sorbet

                OR

                -- caesar salad
                -- sliced, grilled steak over polenta
                -- grilled corn on the cob
                -- mascarpone with fruit

                OR

                -- cider glazed pork chops
                -- mashed turnips (prepared like mashed potatoes)
                -- sauteed Swiss chard
                -- cheese and fruit plate

                1. m
                  mlgb Jul 10, 2009 02:15 PM

                  Doesn't sound hard to me.

                  Roast chicken and rice, grilled veggies.

                  Fresh fruit marinated in something like port for dessert.

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                  1. re: mlgb
                    c oliver Jul 10, 2009 03:57 PM

                    I SO love grilled vegetables. Just brush them with olive oil and onto the the grill.

                  2. amyzan Jul 10, 2009 08:50 PM

                    Please report back and tell us how your party went!

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