By now, the enterprising stoner has long cultivated a palette for cannabis terpenes and flavonoids and developed strategies for pairing food and drink with their favorite bud. It doesn’t exactly take a degree from Le Cordon Bleu to know that the fruity, citrusy flavors of Blueberry strain go well with vanilla yogurt or that the earthy, coffee flavors of Chocolope taste nice with a chocolate chip cookie.
Cannabis connoisseurship isn’t new, but it is escalating at a rapid rate. In the pot capitals of the country, restaurants and cafes licensed to sell ganj are hiring weed sommeliers and cannabis chefs to give patrons the best possible flavor and aroma experiences. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to travel to the meccas of food and bud, let alone drop hundreds of dollars on high-end meals.
Fortunately, you don’t’ have to. If you want a sumptuous, curated culinary and cannabis experience, look no further than the following five-course meal plan do you can reproduce at home, on a budget.
Hors d’oeuvre literally translates to “outside the work” but it is intended to describe a bite of food eaten before guests sit down to eat in a more formal setting. Often, hors d’oeuvres are passed around while guests are enjoying pre-dinner cocktails, but in this case, you might set them out for nibbles during a pre-dinner toke.
These crab and avocado toasts have only a handful of ingredients. If you don’t want to prepare your own crab, you can buy quality canned crab meat, or you can look for frozen options in your grocery’s seafood section. Alongside the toasts, you might offer a citrus-dominant sativa strain, which will give your diners energy and add an extra zing to the buttery and sweet crab and avocado. Clementine is an excellent option, combining orange and lemon notes with an exciting buzz.
The next course is your appetizer, which serves to stimulate hunger and set the flavor profile for the courses ahead. The appetizer should be fast and easy to put together, allowing you to put food in front of your guests to keep them busy while you assemble more important elements for later in the meal.
You can prepare this carrot and ricotta tart a day or two ahead of time, giving yourself more energy for food preparation the day-of. The savory seasonings balance well with the slight sweetness from the carrots and cheese, and an earthier hybrid strain might appropriately add to the flavor experience. Bubba Kush offers notes of herbs and pepper which would match nicely, and this legendary strain is available almost everywhere, from Berkley dispensaries to those in Alaska and Maine.
There is some disagreement about where in a meal the salad should be served. French cuisine dictates that salads come after the main course and before dessert, to aid in digestion. However, most American households serve salad before or during the main, to help diners get an adequate dose of healthy greens.
A benefit of using an abundance of carrots in your appetizer is that you can utilize the carrot tops for your salad course. This carrot greens salad transforms what many believe to be waste into something incredibly delicious. The tangy, sweet and spicy notes in the salad are impeccably balanced as-is, so adding additional flavors from cannabis isn’t ideal. You might opt for some broad-spectrum CBD oil drops, which can help your guests manage their highs as the meal progresses.
The main course is the heaviest, heartiest and most substantial dish of the evening. Because there are so many courses in this meal, this main will include only a protein, which is the star of the main dish, but you can include small side dishes as you please.
Anyone can bake salmon, but if you want to dazzle your guests with luxury dining, you should consider building a wrapped salmon, like this one. Because the main course should stand on its own, you might consider infusing the butter you use in this recipe with cannabis to create your own cannabudder. An indica-dominant hybrid strain is best for this late in the evening when your guests should be preparing to settle in. If you can find it, Lemon Garlic is a good strain for this infusion; otherwise, ask your local budtender for suggestions.
There are a few different reasons to eat something sweet at the end of a large meal. For one, sweet fruits tend to contain enzymes that help to digest proteins and fats. For another, your body always welcomes a dose of sugar, even when you feel incredibly full.
Dessert is the easiest meal to pair with weed because the deep, rich notes common to desserts effectively disguise the sometimes-funky flavor of marijuana. You might consider serving a simple pot brownie to your guests, ideally made from a true indica like Northern Lights to help them rest. However, for a more sumptuous final course, you might give your guests some cheesecake with a berry compote and a berry-flavored strain, like Blackberry or Raspberry Kush.