Holiday Bake-cation Part 1

By Benjie Cooper

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Once Halloween makes its spooky exit and closes out the month of October, November arrives with the Thanksgiving holiday to kick off a time of, among other things, delicious seasonal foods that warm the soul as well as the stomach.

But one way to add a little extra warmth and magic to the foods we look forward to so much each year is to give them a little extra love from the cannabis plant. Here are recipes for a few food items to help get your holiday season off to a deliciously medicated start.

Just remember to let grandma know that there’s weed in the mashed potatoes.

Easy Cannabutter

1 ounce ground cannabis or rosin chips
1 lb butter (4 sticks)
1 qt water

Preheat oven to 240 degrees. Spread ground cannabis evenly across a baking sheet and place into oven for 40-60 minutes until dry and crumbly. Less time may be needed with rosin chips as they are already partially decarboxylated from the pressing process. Turn sheet periodically to help ensure even heating.

Add water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add butter and melt completely. Add dexarboxylated cannabis and turn down to a very low heat. The cannabis should not be touching the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 3 hours.

After simmering the mixture, strain through a double-layer of cheesecloth into a glass bowl. When all liquid has been drained into the bowl, gather up cheesecloth and tightly squeeze out any remaining liquid.

Let the cannabutter cool for about 60 minutes before putting it into the refrigerator. When the water and butter have completely separated, use a knife to separate the cannabutter from the edges of the bowl and remove it. Place into resealable container and store refrigerated.

Medicated Bacon Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

8-10 medium russet potatoes (about 3 lb)
1 tsp. sea salt
8 slices bacon
1 large onion (chopped)
2 tbsp garlic (fresh minced)
2 tbsp cannabutter (melted)
½ cup milk, half & half, or heavy cream
½ cup cheddar cheese (grated)
Dash pepper

Wash potatoes, peel if desired and cut into quarters. Add to a large saucepan with enough water to cover, bring to a boil and add ¾ of the salt. Cook 15-20 minutes until potatoes are softened and break apart easily.

While the potatoes boil, combine bacon, onion, and garlic together in a frying pan and cook. Drain excess grease and chop bacon.

When the potatoes are finished boiling, drain and return to saucepan for an additional 1-2 minutes to evaporate excess moisture.

Add cannabutter, pepper, remaining salt, milk, cheese, bacon, onions, and garlic from the other pan. Mash to desired consistency and serve hot.

Medicated Turkey Gravy

½ cup cannabutter
1 tsp plack pepper
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 cups pan drippings or chicken stock

If using turkey drippings, pour through a fine-mesh strainer and allow to cool so fat rises to the top. Skim layer of fat. If drippings do not equal 4 cups, add chicken stock.

In a large saucepan, melt cannabutter over a medium-low heat and add black pepper. Slowly add flour, whisking as you combine.

When the flour and butter are well-combined, add turkey drippings or chicken broth to the mixture and whisk until blended. Allow gravy to cook and thicken for several minutes. Remove from heat and serve.