What to serve a vegetarian to go with our beef short ribs?

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I've got a couple of really good friends for dinner on Wednesday night. He enjoys a nice piece of meat, whereas she only eats fish, as she hates the taste and texture of meat. She doesn't object to meat stocks etc.

I was planning to cook some Beef Short ribs (it's quite chilly outside!) using an excellent Gordon Ramsay recipe involving red wine, tomato puree, and mushrooms, serving it on a mustard mash with probably some tender stem broccoli.

What can I substitute for Jen that will replace the short ribs, but still go with the wholegrain mustard mash and broccoli? I was thinking of a hearty lump of cod in the sous vide machine, topped with a poached egg for a bit of sauce?
 
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Since there are only 2 people coming for dinner isn't it wiser to make just one dish that everyone can eat? I can imagine if you have a lot of meat eaters coming and making something separate for the one pescatarian, but it seems a little awkward to serve 2 different proteins to 2 people. If he eats fish then why not serve a fish entree to both?

Or you can make a really wonderful pasta dish, like a ravioli or risotto or gnocchi where you wouldn't miss the meat at all.
 
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That... or grill some portabello mushroom and serve to the lady. My wife once was a “partial vegetarian “ like that and would love a meaty mushroom with pot roast gravy all owner it.
 
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Or you can make a really wonderful pasta dish, like a ravioli or risotto or gnocchi where you wouldn't miss the meat at all.

Thanks koukouvagia, some good suggestions. One of the reasons I was looking for inspiration was simply that I wanted to give him a nice meaty dish - as they live together, and tend to go out together, he rarely gets to eat meat. So, I was willing to put myself out for the sake of his evening!


That... or grill some portabello mushroom and serve to the lady. My wife once was a “partial vegetarian “ like that and would love a meaty mushroom with pot roast gravy all owner it.

This is a really good idea! I could strain the pancetta out of the gravy, she'd be fine!
 
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I understand now. I don’t know why but I also feel sorry for meat eaters that live with vegetarians but never the other way around haha. I guess if she doesn’t mind the meat juices on her portobello steak then that’s a great idea. It also keeps the dishes cohesive.

You could also serve individual Wellingtons. His with beef in it, hers with salmon and spinach.
 
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The individual wellingtons was a great idea! I'm robbing that one.

As it turned out, I got busy at work, so I did some lightly breaded/herbed cod, a freekeh salad with pomegranate and pistachios, and a spinach and feta salad, with some steamed broccoli on the side... and she fell ill so didn't make it!!

Short ribs still in the freezer for another day... :p
 
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WOW. Serving a vegetarian a gravy made with pancetta, but strained out first.
Have you ever watched The Two Fat Ladies? (One of my favorite shows for entertainment, Jennifer reminds me of me). They had a fantastic vegetable episode that was replete with lots of lard and bacon
Granted it wasn't headlined as vegetarian, but your post made me think of it.
 
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OK ... It's just me. I don't serve vegetarians anything made with meat or meat products. I even have separate plates and utensils, and even my knives and equipment to use for vegans. Simple standards, honor and integrity.
 
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OK ... It's just me. I don't serve vegetarians anything made with meat or meat products. I even have separate plates and utensils, and even my knives and equipment to use for vegans. Simple standards, honor and integrity.

This type of integrity is necessary in a restaurant. I’m sure vegans and vegos must worry about this a lot. However I do know lots of people who don’t eat meat but are not vegetarians. I had a Greek friend growing up who hated meat but loved Greek roasted lemon potatoes cooked in lamb drippings. I wonder if there is a name for such people.
 
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