For the sophisticated Weed Queen: a guide to weaving the aromatic magic of cannabis into your Thanksgiving dishes.
Thanksgiving is about tradition, warmth, and togetherness. As more states legalize cannabis and the dialogue around its recreational and medicinal use evolves, the creative Weed Queens out there are blending age-old Thanksgiving recipes with the unique aromas and flavors of cannabis. Here’s how to infuse this year’s Thanksgiving feast with a cannabis twist:
1. Start Low and Slow:
The cardinal rule for cooking with cannabis, especially when preparing a multi-course meal, is to start with a lower dose than you might usually indulge in. Remember, it’s easy to overconsume when it’s mixed with delicious food. Opt for strains that you’re familiar with and keep a CBD tincture on hand to counteract any potential overconsumption.
2. Cannabis Butter and Oils:
Your foundation for most cannabis-infused recipes is a good cannabutter or oil. Make this a few days in advance, using your favorite strain. This will be your primary ingredient to give dishes that special touch.
- Decarboxylate your cannabis: Preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C). Spread your ground cannabis on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a saucepan, melt butter or warm oil on low heat. Add the decarboxylated cannabis.
- Let it simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Strain out the plant material using a cheesecloth.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
3. Herb-Roasted Cannabis Turkey:
Brush your turkey with a mixture of cannabutter, rosemary, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. The low and slow roasting will allow for even distribution of the cannabis, while the herbs will mask any overpowering cannabis taste.
4. Green Bean and Cannabis Almondine:
Toss steamed green beans in a light dressing of cannabis-infused olive oil, lemon zest, toasted almonds, and seasonings.
5. Creamy Mashed Potatoes with a Hint of Green:
Stir a dollop of cannabutter into your mashed potatoes for a subtle, earthy undertone.
6. Cannabis Cranberry Sauce:
While simmering cranberries, sugar, and orange zest, add a teaspoon of cannabis-infused oil. The tartness of the cranberries will complement the cannabis flavor.
7. Chill with Dessert:
Desserts are a delightful way to introduce cannabis edibles. Cannabis-infused pumpkin pie or pecan pie can be the showstopper. Another option is to serve a vanilla ice cream drizzled with cannabis-infused chocolate or caramel sauce.
- Safety First: Ensure that all your guests are aware of which dishes contain cannabis and are comfortable with it. Always keep cannabis-infused foods away from children and pets.
- Pairing: Consider pairing your dishes with cannabis strains that complement the flavors. For instance, strains with citrus notes can enhance the flavor of your cranberry sauce.
- Drink Pairings: Non-alcoholic cannabis-infused beverages or cannabis teas can be a unique addition to the meal.
- Dose Wisely: Remember that edibles take longer to kick in. Encourage guests to wait at least an hour between servings to gauge their comfort level.
Celebrating Thanksgiving with a cannabis-infused menu is an adventurous twist on tradition. It’s about enhancing flavors, elevating the senses, and sharing a unique experience with loved ones. This year, give thanks with a touch of green and let your Weed Queen spirit shine!
Disclaimer: Please consume responsibly and ensure that cannabis is legal in your jurisdiction before incorporating it into your recipes.