Food, Wine, Rock & Roll

Part food blog, part jam session

My husband and I love mushrooms.  We could probably eat them on a daily basis.  We had eaten mushroom fajitas at restaurants on numerous occasions and had always enjoyed them so I decided to make them for dinner one night.  I didn’t have a recipe; I just thought of the flavors I like and made this up as I went along.  It turned out to be so delicious that it instantly became a regular in our dining repertoire.

Ingredients

  • 4 large portabella mushrooms
  • 2 green bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded & finely chopped (keep a few seeds for added heat if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • splash of mid-quality tequila (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste

Preparation

Wash mushrooms thoroughly & pat dry.  Slice mushrooms into 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick slices.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, cover.  Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 – 30 minutes.

Preheat grill to medium heat (around 350° to 400°).

Cover vegetable grilling basket with aluminum foil & lightly spray with cooking spray.

Place mushroom mixture in basket and grill for 20 – 25 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender, stirring frequently.

Serve on warmed or grilled flour tortillas with black beans.

Optional toppings: Mexican cheese, avocado, lettuce, sour cream, red or green salsa

Drinks

The great thing about this dish is that it is pretty versatile and goes well with wine, beer, and mixed drinks (especially if it’s the “Not Your Mama’s Margarita which, I promise, I will post the recipe for soon).  When I am in a wine mood, I like to pair this with PrimaTerra’s Sangiovese because it is a slightly sweet, yet still very mild red.  If I’m more in a beer mood, any of the Mexican beers are a perfect match for this dish.  I particularly enjoy the Dos Equis Amber.

Music

I like to listen to something that would seem to fall out of my normal musical tastes while making this dish, Tool’s 10,000 Days.  Most people hear “Tool” & automatically think something more along the lines of Heavy Metal.  However, what people fail to recognize is that Tool is an incredibly innovative, creative, and diverse band & nothing exemplifies that more than 10,000 Days.  I like to listen to this album while making this dish because of the surprising spice/heat that is in it, which most people wouldn’t expect in something as simple as mushroom fajitas.

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