I want to thank everyone who provided input to this post. I made the enchiladas on Saturday, and they were delicious!
However, being the paranoid type that I am, I questioned the menu, and thought that not everyone would want seafood, so I decided to make a second dish. I chose eggplant parmesan because I’ve made it a hundred times, and I know that everyone likes it. I made the eggplant parmesan in the morning, and the seafood enchiladas in the afteroon before dinner.
The entire meal was planned with the intention of making my mom her favorite dish - seafood enchiladas, but wouldn’t you know it that when we sat down for dinner, and I announced that I made two dishes, and they could pick either one, my mother said ‘oh, I love your eggplant parmesan! I’ll have that.’ To say I was dissappointed was an understatement. My SO, being the kind soul that he is, said ‘I’ll have the seafood enchiladas, they look delicious!’. She didn’t budge. The other guests requested a portion of each.
I didn’t say a peep to mom about it, but as I was eating my delicious seafood enchilada I couldn’t help myself, and cut off a big chunk from my dish and plopped in on her plate and said ‘you have to try this!, It’s really good!’ She took a bite and turned my SO and said ‘wow, this tastes just like that seafood enchilada from Lauriol Plaza!’. Mission accomplished, sort of. By now, she was full from all the eggplant parmesan and couldn’t eat more.
In the end it was a good decision to make a second dish, because we chowed through all of the seafood enchiladas, and only a small portion of the eggplant was leftover.
So I learned from this little dinner party that you can never be too sure about other people’s food preferrences, and sometimes people prefer something familiar to something new, especially when it’s homemade.