Can you believe that the holidays are here already?! It’s time for Thanksgiving, and you may already be fretting over what culinary creations to bring to the table this year.
If you’re celebrating with friends or have a liberal family, then it might be ‘high’ time – excuse the pun – to whip up some cannabis dishes.
People now realize that cannabis edibles don’t have to be boring brownies; they can be full meals of festive dishes to serve at parties and gatherings. And what better time to try your hand at cooking with cannabis than the holidays?
There are tons of delicious Thanksgiving recipes that you can infuse with marijuana. Today, we are bringing you five of the best cannabis-infused holiday recipes we can think of. Our list includes a marijuana-infused roast turkey, two side dishes, and two desserts. It’s the ultimate list, in our opinion.
Before you get cooking, there are some basics that you need to know.
How to Make Cannabutter or Canna-Oil
Any cannabis chef worth their salt knows that you need cannabutter or canna-oil in order to make a high-quality marijuana meal. Different recipes require either cannabutter or canna-oil, depending on the other ingredients, so you may need to know how to make both.
Luckily, the process is relatively simple. First, decarboxylate your cannabis by adding it to the oven at around 350˚F for 30-45mins. This process activates the cannabinoids. Then, you can set about making either cannabutter or canna-oil.
WayofLeaf has detailed articles on how to do this; you can view them by clicking here: How to Make Cannabis Butter, aka Cannabutter.
Selecting the Best Cannabis Strains for Thanksgiving
If you want to learn how to make the best cannabis recipes this festive season, you will need to become versed in cannabis strains. The WayofLeaf site is full of strain reviews for you to explore on this topic.
That said, some strains are particularly suited to Thanksgiving.
- Green Crack: This energizing sativa will keep you awake even when your belly is full, and all you want to do is nap. It’s perfect for gatherings when you want to socialize.
- OG Kush: This classic strain is renowned for its ability to pair well with a nice glass of Pinot Noir, a wine that goes well with turkey.
- Pumpkin Kush: Dessert recipes just have to feature this delicious fall strain, packed with sweet and spicy flavors.
- Northern Lights: Another classic, the spicy notes of this strain pair well with any dish that’s packed with flavor.
- Girl Scout Cookies: The sweeter notes in this strain make it ideal for adding to desserts such as the ones in this article.
Make sure you plan in advance and prepare your cannabutter/canna-oil ahead of time with the relevant strains. If you plan on making multiple dishes with the same cannabutter, use a great all-around strain like OG Kush. Otherwise, create a dessert cannabutter with a strain like Girl Scout Cookies to really bring out those sweet notes.
Furthermore, you should check the THC content of the strain you’re using and prepare the right potency of cannabutter to avoid unpleasant surprises.
5 Best Cannabis Recipes for Thanksgiving
Here are our five top marijuana-infused recipes for Thanksgiving. The list includes side dishes, a roast turkey, and desserts. Perhaps don’t pile your entire plate full of cannabis goodies, though!
Recipe 1: Marijuana Mashed Potato
Infusing mashed potatoes with marijuana is perhaps one of the easiest ways to make Thanksgiving edibles. Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish to serve with a Thanksgiving roast turkey, and adding cannabis to the mix in the form of a tasty cannabutter is definitely one of the best ways to add pot to your plate.
Most people have their own way to make mashed potatoes, so feel free to stick with your preferred seasoning.
- 5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons cannabutter
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes. Then, cover them with cold water and add a little salt. Using cold water ensures that the potatoes cook evenly. Boil the potatoes, then bring them to a simmer and cover with a pan lid. Cook for 15-20mins until soft.
- Melt the cannabutter and warm the cream. You can do this together, mixing them in a pan or the microwave.
- Drain the cooked potatoes, and then use a potato masher to crush them together. Pour in the cannabutter and cream and mash until soft, then use a wooden spoon to beat further.
- Add the milk and continue to beat until they are smooth. Do not overbeat, or they will end up gluey. Stir in the seasoning and serve hot.
Recipe 2: Pot Roast Turkey
Nothing quite captures Thanksgiving food like a roast turkey. Previously, WayofLeaf published a full article on how to make a marijuana roast turkey dinner. Here it is again, in case you missed it! This recipe is surprisingly easy, but it takes a while, so you may wish to prep ahead. Use OG Kush cannabutter to create a creamy, thick gravy that’s packed with flavor and pairs fantastically with a Pinot Noir.
- 4kg turkey, at room temperature
- 2 carrots
- 1 bulb garlic
- 3 red onions
- 1 sprig sage
- 12 bacon strips
- 5oz minced pork
- 1 large egg
- 1 lemon
- 12 sprigs rosemary
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 liter turkey stock
- 2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
- A handful of breadcrumbs
- ½ cup of fat (from the turkey drippings; cook the turkey first)
- 1 tablespoon cannabutter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups turkey broth (you can use the bones to make a broth or buy it)
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to its highest temperature.
- In a small saucepan, add a dash of oil, the sage leaves, and 6 of the bacon strips, cut into smaller pieces. Fry them together over medium heat. Peel and chop two of the garlic cloves and one of the onions. Add these to the pan and continue frying.
- Remove the pan from the heat when the bacon is cooked, then stir in the breadcrumbs to make a stuffing.
- When the mixture has cooled, add in the pork mince, lemon zest, nutmeg, egg, and a generous seasoning amount.
- Cut the remaining bacon strips in half lengthways. Then, peel and slice one garlic clove into thin slivers. Place a single rosemary sprig and a garlic sliver at the end of one of the bacon strips, and roll it tightly. Repeat until you have used all the bacon slices and have twelve.
- Pierce the turkey’s thighs and drumsticks in six places on each side, then stuff the holes with the bacon rolls. This keeps the meat moist.
- Peel the remaining onions, then chop them in half. Thickly slice the carrots.
- Wipe the turkey, then place it on a board with the neck facing toward you. Peel back the skin, then lift it loose and fill the turkey with the stuffing.
- Weigh the turkey and calculate the cooking time. It will take 20 minutes per 1lb 2oz of weight.
- Put the turkey on a roasting dish, rub with olive oil – or better yet, canna-oil – and season it. Cover the rest of the tray with the carrots, onions, and garlic. Then, cover the bird with tin foil and add to the oven. Remove the foil for the last 45 minutes.
- Rest the turkey on a foiled board for 1 hour after cooking. When this time is up, skim the surface fat from the roasting tray, and use this to make the gravy.
- Add the fat to a saucepan. Melt it, and then stir in the flour. Add the broth, cannabutter, and some seasoning. Using a whisk, stir the mixture to remove lumps and then cook until it thickens.
- Finally, carve the turkey and serve it with generous helpings of canna-gravy.
Recipe 3: ‘Green’ Bean Mac ‘n’ Cheese
This dish makes another excellent side or a meal to serve up all on its own. Better yet, bring it to a gathering as your party offering! Green beans and runner beans add a healthier take on a regular mac ‘n’ cheese, while crunchy pumpkin seeds make for a festive treat. Plus, it’s packed with tasty cannabutter.
- 3 tablespoons wholemeal flour
- 500ml milk
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
- 12oz macaroni
- 5oz runner beans
- 8oz green beans
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon cannabutter
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- Add some cooking oil to a medium saucepan, add the flour, and stir well. Keep stirring as you pour in the milk a bit at a time. Keep going until you have a smooth sauce with no clumps. Stir in the nutmeg, some seasoning, and the cannabutter, and keep cooking until the cannabutter has melted before removing from the heat.
- Preheat the oven to 430˚F. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to packet instructions. Add the runner beans and green beans at the end and boil for 3mins.
- Drain the pasta and beans and add to an oven-safe dish. Pour the sauce over the top and cover the entire dish with grated cheese and pumpkin seeds.
- Bake for 10-15mins until the top is bubbling and golden. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe 4: Pumpkin Kush Pumpkin Pie
Check out our detailed article on how to whip up this Pumpkin Kush Pumpkin Pie here. It’s definitely one of our favorite fall recipes, full of delicious autumnal flavors and creamy sweetness. With strains like Pumpkin Kush available for sale, it’s impossible not to add this to a must-try list of fall cannabis recipes!
- 12oz pie crust
- 2 large eggs
- 1lb 10oz pumpkin, peeled and roughly diced
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 5oz caster sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons cannabutter, melted
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
- Add the pumpkin chunks to a large saucepan, cover them with water, and then bring the mixture to a boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15mins until tender. Drain the chunks and allow them to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- Lightly flour the kitchen top. Roll out the pastry, and then press it into a 22cm pie tin. Chill the pie base in the refrigerator for 15mins, then line with parchment paper and baking beans (optional). Bake the crust for 15mins, then remove the parchment paper and beans and bake for a further 10mins until it becomes biscuity.
- Increase the oven to 430˚F.
- Push the pumpkin chunks through a sieve to make pumpkin puree.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg, and half of the cinnamon. Beat the eggs and add them in, along with melted cannabutter and milk. Finally, stir in the pumpkin puree.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into the pie base and cook for 10mins. Reduce the temperature again to 350˚F and bake for 40mins to set the filling.
- Allow the pie to cool on a rack, then dust with confectioners’ sugar and the remaining cinnamon.
Recipe 5: Cannabis, Cinnamon, Pecan, and Cranberry Duff
This unique New England take on a Thanksgiving dessert takes the British upside-down cake and makes it festive. Duff is both crunchy and buttery, sweet, and tart. Berry strains such as Blueberry or Strawberry Cough, therefore, make fantastic options. Serve this dessert warm with ice cream on the side for a real post-dinner treat.
- 8oz cannabutter
- ½ cup pecan halves
- 3 cups cranberries
- ¼ cup demerara sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup golden caster sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 orange, zested
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- Toast the pecans in a hot saucepan until fragrant. Then, butter the bottom and sides of a 20cm baking dish.
- Line the base of the baking dish with the pecan halves and cranberries and scatter with the demerara sugar.
- Melt the rest of the cannabutter.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and caster sugar using an electric whisk or stand mixer for about a minute; the mixture should look pale and thick.
- Fold in the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, seasoning) with a metal spoon, then add the melted cannabutter.
- Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake in the oven’s center for about 60 minutes until the top is golden brown. An inserted skewer should come out clean.
- Allow the duff to cool, and then grate the orange zest over the top. Cut into cubes to serve.
Final Thoughts on Cannabis Recipes for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a fun holiday that’s all about spending time with people. These recipes are all fantastic ways to spread joy during the holidays, but make sure you warn your guests about the high to come! Similarly, be responsible and calculate how much THC you’re adding to the dish. After all, making everyone ‘green out’ and feel nauseous is one of the quickest ways to ruin Thanksgiving!
That said, using cannabis responsibly is an ideal way to enjoy the festivities. Do you have a favorite cannabis Thanksgiving recipe that we missed out? Let us know in the comments!