Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spicy mushrooms and peppers with green sriracha sauce

We are trying to eat more veggies! Of course, it’s early days in the frozen north and the great local fresh veggies and the open air markets aren’t here yet.  Everything else was getting a bit ‘same old same old’. We were looking for a way to add some zip to the usual suspects. Mushrooms and peppers are full of good stuff and we’ve come up with this easy side to give them a new flavor.  We found this sriracha sauce at Chilly Chilis, a local hot sauce emporium in our little village.  


Here’s what we did!


Spicy mushrooms and peppers with green sriracha sauce

1 pound mushrooms, sliced
2 ripe peppers (one red, one orange), seeded and cut into strips
3 green onions (green and white parts) sliced
2 – 3 cloves garlic, depending on how garlicky you like things
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ tablespoon butter
1 ½ tsp sriracha sauce (we picked a mild sriracha sauce and gradually worked up to 1 ½ tsp)  There are no rules!
S & P to taste

Of course, you can add or subtract veggies and spice, according to your preferences and what’s in your fridge.  

How to make it:
In a large pan, heat olive oil and butter.  When bubbly, add green onions and saute for a minute or two.  Add mushrooms and garlic. Saute for a couple of minutes.  Add peppers and cook uncovered, stirring every now and then until mushrooms are browned and peppers are cooked. That might make your camera lens a bit foggy.  Ahem.  

Add lemon and sriracha sauce.  Cook for another minute or two.  This makes a tasty (and bracing!) side for chicken, pork, beef.  We’ve tried it with cold ham last night and with tiny lamb chops previously.

Add S & P to taste.  

PS If you have a favorite hot sauce or spicy sauce, leave a comment. We love suggestions.


Victoria Abbott is the mysterious collaboration between the artist and photographer Victoria Maffini and her mother, the mystery writer, Mary Jane Maffini. 

Wait! That's us! Strangely enough, our three book collector mysteries, The Christie Curse, The Sayers Swindle and The Wolfe Widow all contain lots of food.  No wonder we love it here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, on our day and on everyone else's day.

  By the way, we're still celebrating this cover for The Marsh Madness. We think it looks good enough to eat.  We do try to keep dogs off the table in our kitchens, but you know, covers are a world of their own.

The Marsh Madness is due out in September 2015.



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  1. Green sriracha?? OMG!! I think Chilly Chilis might be a little too much of a drive from here but I need to find that stuff. Maybe a road trip.

    And the pre-order is in ;-).

  2. LOL! We first discovered 'hot shops' at a mystery conference in El Paso (you could almost walk). Imagine the thrill to find one in our community of 2400 people (and lots of snow). Of course, the products come from closer to your home!

    Thanks for the pre-order.

    XO MJ

  3. Love the look of the green sriracha sauce--that could go with a lot of things! And you ladies always look adorable. And the cover is priceless. xox

    1. Aw thanks, Lucy! We were so happy to find this sauce and it does have a zing. I loved your potatoes this week, but was a day late in reading that post.

      Shame on me.



  4. Really, spring IS coming, even to you. Fresh(er) veggies will arrive.
    In the interim, you are showing great, tasty creativity.

    1. Thanks, Libby! We have crocuses on the lawn today. Yippee!


      MJ and VA

  5. Will try it soon. Sounds delicious!

    1. Or I'll make it and you come to dinner! XO MJ

  6. Love the crime tape photo!!! :) You are dolls.

    Daryl/ Avery

    1. Thanks, Daryl! We are quite high on the silly index. Hugs. MJ

  7. Haven't seen the green sriracha yet, but we eat gallons of the regular. Your recipe is nice and simple and looks so tasty! Must try it soon!

    1. Glad you liked it, Lynn! We think we have to try the regular one too. Life is getting spicier! Hugs. MJ and VA