With Thanksgiving nearly here, many are planning their feast. Since cannabis delivery services are legal across California, those feasts might well be psychoactive. Certainly, weed is more popular than ever before. Edibles are trending, have been for some time. Thanksgiving offers the perfect opportunity for friends and family to share this experience, and for home “cannachefs” to show off their culinary skills.
These inspiring recipes will spice up any Thanksgiving, COVID-19 or no:
Cannabutter is the basis of most marijuana-infused recipes. Once you have some, infused with your favorite strain, you can turn any dish into a potent one. Cannabis cooking does not have to be complicated. All you need is real cannabutter. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the process of making it causes decarboxylation, which actives tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
- 7 Rosemary Stalks
- Cup Whole Sage Leaves
- 60 ml Thyme
- 1 Cup Butter
- Salt and Pepper
- Remove stems from herb leaves.
- Place herbs in a blender and process until finely chopped.
- Add butter and mix thoroughly.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Thanksgiving Gravy
Infusing your Thanksgiving gravy is an excellent idea. That way, you can turn any of the dishes psychoactive, giving your family and friends liberty to choose if they want to buzz or not. It pairs especially well with a festive turkey, or any other meaty dishes. What is more, gravy is quick and easy to make. It is not difficult as it can be with dishes that are more complex. You only need cannabutter.
- Cup Cannabutter
- Can Chicken, Vegetable, or Turkey Stock
- Onions, thinly sliced
- Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
- Tablespoons Fresh Sage, finely chopped
- Cup Flour
- Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Melt cannabutter in a skillet. Do not burn it, so melt it on low heat.
- Add onions and sauté until golden, roughly 10 minutes.
- Add rosemary and sage, and then sauté together for 10 minutes more.
- Now add flour. Whisk aggressively for a minute or two.
- Now add your chosen stock and whisk slowly, until the mixture thickens and becomes gravy.
- Add vinegar and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, as desired.
3. Braised Lamb Shanks
Lamb shanks are very popular at Thanksgiving. They make the perfect substitute for those who do not enjoy traditional turkey. No matter how you make it, folks will love you for it, even more if you jazz it up with weed. They are tasty served with any side dish, but for this holiday, they frequently pair with mashed potatoes, polenta, roasted vegetables, and an assortment of creative side dishes.
- 4 Lamb Shanks
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Onion
- 4 Garlic Cloves
- 2 Cups Beef Stock
- 1 Cup Red Wine
- 2 Rosemary Sprigs
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 4 Thyme Sprigs
- 2 Tablespoons CannaButter
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 375˚F.
- Remove lamb shanks from packaging, wash under running water, and season with salt and pepper.
- In an oven-ready pan, sear lamb shanks in hot olive oil.
- When seared on each side, remove from pan and set aside.
- Add garlic, carrots, and onions to the pan and cook for five minutes.
- Add wine and reduce by half.
- Add thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and beef stock.
- Place lamb shanks back in the pan and cover with lid.
- Cook in oven for at least two hours.
- When nice and tender, remove pan from oven and lamb shanks from pan again.
- Set lamb shanks aside.
- Reduce remaining liquid into a saucy consistency.
- Add CannaButter and stir thoroughly.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
4. The Buzzing Turkey
Every Thanksgiving meal needs turkey. This simple recipe is decidedly delightful, spinning a decadent angle on a classic. It harnesses the intense effects of weed with the meal’s complex flavors. It might prove a feast too delicious to forget, but perhaps a mite challenging to remember. The addition of cannabis to this dish enhances all of its flavors, while giving you a very enjoyable evening.
- 1 Organic Turkey, free range
- 1 ½ Cups Apple Cider
- 1 Cup Cannabutter
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 4 Tablespoons Marjoram, chopped
- 4 Tablespoons Garlic, chopped
- 4 Tablespoons Basil, chopped
- 4 Tablespoons Thyme, choppe
- 4 Tablespoons Sage, chopped
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Celsius.
- Combine apple cider, honey, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper in a saucepan. Put on medium heat.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, occasionally stirring.
- Remove from stove and strain.
- Suction into turkey injector or large syringe.
- Place turkey on a pan and gently loosen skin. Do not remove the skin; just loosen it.
- Spread cannabutter generously under the skin and all over the turkey. Pat the skin down so that it sticks nicely to the cannabutter.
- Massage apple cider into the turkey and season liberally with the filtered herbs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Wrap the turkey gently with tinfoil and add 350 milliliters of water.
- Place in oven and cook the turkey for an hour or more, until internal thigh temperature reaches 165 degrees Celsius.
- Remove tinfoil toward the end. This will give it a crispy skin. Cook it uncovered until a light golden color.
- You can tent the turkey either first or last, but you must cook it at least some of the time uncovered.
5. Decadent Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie is an American favorite. A classic dessert just perfect on a cold Thanksgiving night. With cannabis infused, your guests will want more. Remind them to take it slowly, especially if your weed delivery came with a particularly potent strain. We recommend a strain that matches the flavor profile, perhaps Cream Caramel, or another equally buttery and sweet. Favorite strains work best, though.
- 1 ¼ Cups Flour, all purpose
- 1 Stick Butter, chilled
- 4 Tablespoons Ice Water
- 1 Teaspoon Cane Sugar
- ½ Salt
- 2 Cups Canned Pumpkin, pureed
- 1 Can Condensed Milk, Sweetened
- 2 Large Eggs
- ½ Cup Cannabutter
- 1 Teaspoon Maple Extract
- 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg, ground
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
- 1 Teaspoon Allspice, ground (keep ½ teaspoon aside)
- 1 Teaspoon Ginger, ground
Directions – Pie Crust
- In a bowl, combine flour, cane sugar, and salt.
- Add sticks of sliced butter into the bowl and mix by hand until the butter starts melding with the dry ingredients.
- Add ice water and mix well.
- Roll into an eight-inch wide semi-flat circle and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least one hour, but preferably overnight.
- Once properly chilled, roll dough in flour and place into a big enough pie dish. Flatten into a crust and pinch the edges. Pierce fork holes throughout the crust to prevent it bubbling out when baking.
Directions – Filling
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Celsius.
- Mix pureed pumpkin, eggs, condensed milk, cannabutter, maple extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice in a bowl until combined.
- Pour mixture into piecrust and gently tap its sides to remove air bubbles.
- Take remaining allspice and sprinkle liberally over the pie.
- Bake in oven for an hour.
- When done, let set at room temperature before serving with cream.
Cannabis delivery services are widely available across California. Simple type “weed delivery near me” into your favorite search engine to find several of them. You can buy cannabutter outright, or you can make it yourself. Likewise, you can order a range of edibles for Thanksgiving, but the effect will not be the same as a weed-infused holiday dinner. If loved ones are new to cannabis, then steady your hand.