Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner (time flies in quarantine!), which means it’s time to start thinking about your menu. If you’re planning a Thanksgiving feast for cannabis-friendly guests, here are some cannabis-infused recipes that’ll cover the Thanksgiving staples: mashed potatoes, turkey, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie.
First things first: Cannabutter
If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, cannabutter is your BFF. It’s basically the end-all, be-all ingredient in virtually every cannabis-infused food. And making it is super easy: all you need is about a cup of your favorite cannabis flower and a cup of butter. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making cannabutter. When stored properly, it keeps for as long as regular butter or oil, so if you end up making a little bit extra, hang onto it for future use.
Once you have your cannabutter* ready to go, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get cookin’.
It’s not Thanksgiving without creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes! This recipe from Leafly combines cannabutter, regular butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and milk for a cannabis-infused twist on this classic side dish. You can tweak the ingredients and ingredient amounts to fit your needs, but remember to alter the cannabutter accordingly. This recipe, in particular, feeds 10-12 and the approximate cannabis dosage is 15mg per serving of potatoes.
Infusing the main event of your Thanksgiving dinner with cannabis is simple: just use a turkey recipe that calls for butter during the basting process (like this one) and swap in a bit of cannabutter. The linked recipe calls for 1 cup butter, so ¼ cup cannabutter and ¾ cups butter is a good place to start. This falls in line with the amount of cannabutter in the mashed potatoes. A tip on basting: when basting your turkey, be sure to work the basting marinade that gathers in your pan under the skin, as well as on top of it.
Psst! Save the drippings so you can make homemade gravy!
Green Bean Casserole
No, this is not your mom’s green bean casserole! (But it’ll sure taste like it!) This recipe from Cannabis Cheri is designed to be made in individual servings, which makes dosing and portion control easier. It uses all the green bean casserole staples (green beans, mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, and crispy French-fried onions), and includes cannabutter in addition to regular butter. Be sure to read her note about dosing, especially if you’re new to cooking with cannabis.
Triple-Infused Pumpkin Pie
It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving table without the beautiful and uber-traditional pumpkin pie.
This recipe from The Cannabist serves 10-12, and cannabis is infused in the crust, pie filling, and the whipped cream, hence the triple-infused moniker. There’s even a how-to video in case you’re more of a visual learner. While you’re waiting for your pie to bake, read up on the history of pumpkin pie, and dazzle your guests with some pumpkin pie trivia. Who doesn’t love trivia!?
Bonus: Thanksgiving Punch
Cranberries? Bourbon? Amaretto? Cinnamon? This drink recipe basically screams “Thanksgiving!” and you even have the option to add some CBD to the cocktail for some extra chill vibes. Playing bartender for your guests can be a pain, especially if you need to keep your eye on casseroles, pies, and the turkey. So double, triple, or quadruple this recipe, put it in a beautiful punch bowl, and call it a day.
Things to Keep in Mind
Edibles can be complex. It’s easy to accidentally over-indulge, especially if you’re new to the world of cannabis-infused food and drinks. Fortunately, we’ve answered some of the most common edible questions in our Edible 101 Guide. As with any other form of cooking or baking, mistakes are bound to happen- after all, cooking is as much a science as it is an experiment. From over-grinding to using too much cannabis, check out the Top Eight Mistakes When Cooking with Cannabis.
Finally, it’s important to be transparent with your guests that the food they’re about to consume includes cannabis. In case one of your guests does accidentally over-indulge, here are our tips for helping a friend who got too high. Have an awesome recipe you’d like to share? Let us know!
*Note: The amount of cannabutter specified in these recipes is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your cannabutter and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky, so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.