We eat vegetarian in the house; my wife is veggie, I am not (I like to say 'conscious omnivore'.) While many friends are either veggie or veggie friendly, some are, to put it nicely, dubious of vegetarian meals.
Once upon a time, I lived with 2 Meat Eaters - heavy duty - preparing baked potatoes and steaks for snack (seriously). At that point I was cooking at a vegetarian restaurant in Harvard Square. So I was creating and testing a lot of recipes. The ones that I kept were recipes that I served to my roommates and they didn't
say, "This is good, but it would be much better with some chicken/steak." If they approved, it was a hit.
Similarly, I have an (omnivorous) friend who told me that his favorite wrap over at New World Tortilla (http://www.newworldtortilla.com/
) was, astonshingly, meatless! He was surprised with himself and happily telling me, as if it was something that I would be quite excited about.
Anyway, what do you serve to people's with carnivorous inclinations? do you have any standard vegetarian meals that have caught raves from meat lovers? do share!
The easiest one that I can think of right away is pizza. my home made pizza is so good that no one has ever even noticed a lack of meat toppings.
Let's see, what else? barbecued portabello mushrooms with melted parmesan cheese, oh yeah, I'll have to find and post the recipe, but a curried chickpea with tomato dish that I used to make often during the winter has always been a hit with my meaty friends...