Learn how to make a classic holiday tradition with an infused twist. This cannabis-infused turkey with stuffing will have your friends and family going back for second and third-helpings until their munchies are satisfied .. or until the food is all gone!
Turkey Dinner – A North American Holiday Classic
Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the same without a roasted turkey grazing your table. It is a popular dish in North America as part of these two cultural traditions. As a daily cuisine, it is available as sliced, ground or whole. Cold cuts are sold for sandwiches while ground turkey, are used as chicken, pork or beef substitute.
Turkey is a healthy alternative because it only has 109 mg cholesterol per 100 grams. It has a slightly lower calorie content of 189 kcal per 100 grams than chicken which is 219 kcal. Further, turkey breast has a bit higher protein content than chicken with 35 grams for every 100 grams compared to 31 grams protein per 100 grams of chicken. So, no wonder many prefer to eat this succulent and sumptuous bird.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Turkey with Stuffing:
To infuse this recipe with cannabis, I chose to use canna-butter in the stuffing. We will melt the infused butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; then add onion, celery, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Stir in thyme, marjoram, and sage and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Then we’ll add vegetable mixture and toasted bread into the bowl with the stuffing mix and toss to combine all ingredients.
Best Practices for Roasting your Turkey:
Be careful with your preparation, a roasted turkey can end up dry. So what is my not-so-secret, secret? BACON to help keep the meat moist and I used this old-fashioned oval roasting pan with the lid. It is an inexpensive metal pan you can find in your local supermarkets. It roasted and braised the turkey at the same time, and just remove the lid before the baking ends to ensure the skin turns crunchy while the meat stays moist.
I choose to marinate it in kosher salt instead of the brine. Brining tends to result in a soggy turkey skin. To bring it to the next level, I mixed baking powder, pepper, and salt as a rub. The baking powder absorbs the moisture and also increase the pH which favors the browning of the skin. Since the skin has less moisture it becomes crunchy when the lid is removed and the skin is exposed directly to the heat.
Perfect Cannabis-Infused Turkey with Herb Stuffing
Rinse & remove giblets. Loosen the skin covering the breast, thighs, drumstick & back with a thin wooden spoon handle. Avoid breaking the skin. Rub 2 tbsps kosher salt inside the cavity & under the skin of the breasts & legs. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
Follow package directions to prepare the stuffing. Mix in chicken broth. Melt canna-butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add onion, celery & pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes or until vegetables have softened. Stir in thyme, marjoram & sage, cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add vegetable mixture & toasted bread into the bowl with the stuffing mix & toss to combine.
Remove the turkey from refrigerator & pat dry, inside & out with paper towels. Place on the pan breast side up. Loosely scoop stuffing into the turkey body cavity & neck cavity. Rub regular butter or more cannabutter mixture under the skin.
Mix the salt, pepper & baking powder. Rub the exterior of the turkey with the baking powder mixture. Tie legs together with kitchen twine & tuck wings on its back. Drape bacon slices over the turkey.
Cover the pan. Roast for 3½ to 4 hours or until the thickest part of the thigh reaches an internal temperature of 180°F and the stuffing registers 165°F. Uncover 30 minutes before the end of the baking time to brown the turkey. Remove the bacon slices when you remove the lid as well.
Remove from the oven & transfer to the cooling rack. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a large serving platter. Carve the turkey & serve with the stuffing & gravy.
Author: My Edibles Chef
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