Want to spice things up — or, in this case, weed things up — on Thanksgiving, but intimidated by the work? It doesn't have to be that hard.
We're not talking about stuffing a turkey with a half-ounce of Sour Diesel; leave the bird alone. But side dishes, primarily those with plenty of butter and dairy (or coconut oil, if you're vegan), are prime candidates for cannabis infusion. Just have cannabutter at the ready or be willing to visit the dispensary to get some, and you can turn most of your Thanksgiving spread into an edibles arrangement.
To keep the stress minimal, we've listed some of the easy options here. But first, a point of etiquette: Make sure you announce to your friends and family that these dishes are infused; you don't want to ruin your cousin's job opportunities in such a tough economy.
This is the easiest call, since the dish definitely welcomes THC. Gravy is essentially several different forms of fat — butter, turkey drippings and chicken or turkey stock — mixed together. Use cannabutter as your form of infusion, and don't skimp on the pepper, because the last thing you want is skunky gravy slathering every bite on your plate. For a lighter weed flavor, more potency and an easier cooking process, decarboxylate hash and throw it in the gravy while whisking the butter.
If you're looking for another Thanksgiving side to infuse, avoid stuffing: The bread soaks up the weed butter and flavor like a sponge, and you'll likely be disappointed with the bastardized taste. Yams are a much better and safer option. Their sweet flavor and the relatively low amount of butter required (1/4 cup per six servings) means you don't need to worry about tasting weed or getting high from your meal. Add walnuts and top the yams off with toasted marshmallows if you're worried about masking the weed flavor...or just want better-tasting yams.