This holiday season is looking a little different than usual. Gatherings may be smaller and lower key than years past. You may or may not have had your eating pants on since March (no judgement here!). Still, there’s lots to be thankful for. For one, this month, huge strides have been made toward cannabis acceptance in the U.S., with marijuana is now legal in some capacity in 15 states and $12.9 billion in legal cannabis industry wages dished out in 2019.
History-making times call for history-making measures! Why not start a new tradition this year with a cannabis-infused thanksgiving feast. Check out our recipe guide, from sides, to mains to sweets. Happy holidays from High There!
A Quick Disclaimer
If you plan to dose your plate this Thanksgiving, make sure to start low and go slow. Stacking your plate to the ceiling with marijuana infused dishes might not be the best decision if you want to remain alert and social.
We recommend a test drive before the big day: make a small batch of the dish you’d like to try, sample one serving, and see how you’re feeling after an hour. If you’re feeling uncomfortable, you can use a milder strain for your infusion, or substitute some non-infused ingredients to “dilute” your recipe. For flavour’s sake, we recommend an earthy, full-bodied strain to accompany the fragrant ingredients in these dishes.
Navigating Consent to Serve
This may go without saying, but it’s absolutely not cool to serve people edible cannabis without their knowledge and consent. Do the math before your guests get there, so you can give them a rough estimate of how much they’re consuming. This is easier with recipes that can be easily cut into uniform pieces, so this may be a good place to start with any novice edible-eaters. Even with those who are THC-savvy, you’ll want to serve smaller portions than usual, and check in on how you’re all feeling every 30 to 60 minutes.
If someone at your festivity is not planning on partaking in the edibles, make sure anything containing marijuana is well-labelled and separate from the other dishes. If one of your attendees is really uncomfortable with marijuana, consider saving your infused feast for another day, or maybe after dinner when the meal is winding down. The key to a chill cannabis Thanksgiving (Danksgiving?) is everybody’s comfort level. If even one person at your gathering is having a bad time, it can really bring down the whole vibe.
Keep Celebrations Safe
No matter how you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving this year during COVID-19, safety is the key. Celebrating virtually or with your household you live with is the safest choice. That doesn’t mean you can’t make it special! Consider dropping off a batch of your infused edibles on the porch of your loved ones, it may make your Zoomsgiving significantly more hilarious.
Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes With a Cannabis-Infused Kick
With a weed infused Thanksgiving feast, the session and the munchies exist together in perfect harmony. Now that you’re ready to do it safely, here’s the round-up of High There-approved Thanksgiving recipes.
The Ultimate Weed Infused Turkey Recipe
First on the list of delectable, elevated cuisine options is a cannabis infused turkey. This is perfect for people that love to dip into a relaxing food coma on Thanksgiving.
- 1/4 pound of cannabis butter
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large bunch fresh thyme
- 1 whole lemon, halved
- 1 Spanish onion, quartered
- 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F and roast the turkey for 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Let sit for 20 minutes, carve on a cutting board and serve.
Lemon Shining Silver Haze (75% Sativa, 25% Indica) – Gives off a strong citrus flavor with skunky undertones that promotes feelings of well-being.
Check out the full recipe for details! If you plan to bring this THC turkey recipe to the table for your cannabis Thanksgiving day, make sure to microdose with a calmer strain and serve only to those who have consented to enjoying this succulent dish.
Cannabis Infused Gravy
You can’t have Thanksgiving without some gravy, right? Now, throw a bit of sweet-smelling cannabis into your pan and get ready for smooth, silky goodness that goes perfect on mashed potatoes or even the weed-infused turkey above!
- Turkey, chicken or vegetable stock
- 6 Tbsp cannabutter
- 2 large onions, sliced thin
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
Sautée all ingredients one by one in a large skillet, adding juices from the turkey’s roasting pan. Let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes and you’re ready to go. See the full recipe here, and resist the urge to drink this directly out of the dish!
Wedding Gelato (40% Sativa, 60% Indica) – This “sickly sweet” strain has earthy undertones and promotes feelings of relaxation and happiness. At 25% THC, this strain is quite potent. Proceed with caution.
"Green" Bean Casserole
Many probably don’t realize that green bean casseroles have only been a Thanksgiving staple since 1955! This ultimate comfort food is about to get extra comfy on your kitchen table after it’s infused with marijuana. Creamy and dreamy, this green bean casserole recipe is sure to be a hit at this year’s gathering.
- ¼ cup cannabutter
- 2 (9 ounce) packages frozen cut green beans, thawed (canned and drained green beans will work well, too)
- 8 slices bacon
- 10 cremini mushrooms, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cook and stir ingredients in a large skillet until tender then transfer to a large baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the sauce is bubbling and the top of the onions are golden brown.
Sour Diesel (70% Sativa, 30% Indica) – A pungent yet aromatic strain that delivers a body-centric, calming and euphoric sensation.
High Pumpkin Pie
Do you get giddy when you hear that someone made a homemade pumpkin pie? Then you’re going to get super stoked when you turn this classic recipe into an edible masterpiece by adding cannabis! Here’s what you’ll need.
- ⅓ cup CannaButter
- 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry shell
- whipped cream, for topping
Heat your oven to 350 degrees F, pour the filling into a pie crust and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the center is set.
Royal Cookies (20% Sativa, 80% Indica) – The name says it all. This is a perfect option for desserts. This strain delivers a unique equilibrium between mind and body. It’s very potent though, so don’t forget to start low and go slow.
The task of selecting the right strain to put in this weed infused pumpkin pie is important based on what you’re already planning on consuming that day. If you’re enjoying this pie at the end of your meal, it might be best to use a mellow hybrid or indica-leaning strain coupled with a CBD. This can be a welcome addition to your plate, particularly after a big Thanksgiving feast.
Getting High On Thanksgiving During COVID-19
It bears repeating, no matter how fun the celebration, your health and safety are the most important thing. It can be easy to let your guard down once everyone’s feeling socially lubricated, so make sure to set clear guidelines for how you can keep your Thanksgiving COVID-safe.
Lastly, as we stuff our faces, let’s make sure to extend some kindness to the less fortunate. Consider checking out the Feeding America website to donate to a local food bank. Even if circumstances keep us apart, we’re always better together. Happy holidays