Mac and cheese, particularly when it doesn’t come out of a box, is the perfect soul warming food. It is pretty easy to make, and you can add different cheeses and other spices to make it truly your own.
The cheese choices are vast, recently I ordered a mac and cheese that had some goat cheese stirred in, and it was pretty wonderful. Some folks bake it with a layer of tomatoes on top, and others some seasoned breadcrumbs and chopped country ham.
As long as you follow the proportions to make the cheesy sauce, can follow your whims in the cheese aisle. I went with broccoli and cheese because that is always a winning combination, but you can add some sautéed spinach, or any vegetable or meat that is worthy.
For those of you who love macaroni and cheese, here is a great cannabis infused mac and cheese recipe that will blow your mind. Let us look at how to go about making this delicious meal.
On Thanksgiving with the family, in tupperware at a cookout, or microwaved from a box after school — mac and cheese hits the spot no matter where you see it. It’s one of those foods that always seems to whisper in your ear, “you are home now, this is a place that diets can’t reach you.”
Mac and cheese is also known for the way it sticks to your ribs and leaves you wanting to crawl onto the couch and tune out the world. In fact, long before a lot of us started smoking weed, our first “couch-lock” was likely from mac and cheese. But what if you could combine the two? What if you just made cannabis mac and cheese?
Cannabis edibles are a great way to mix things up from time to time, and they produce a totally different effect than smoking cannabis. It’s a fully-immersive experience, starting with taking the edible and waiting for it to kick in, and then feeling that sort of cascade effect as you coast through a full-body high that can last for hours and have you laughing your way towards the morning.
Edibles are also a discreet way to consume marijuana, and don’t fill the house with thick smoke or the lingering odor of a bong on the coffee table. They can be a great option for people who want a long, sustained effect that will take them through the rest of the day.
A word for the perhaps less-experienced: Take your time with edibles. Unlike smoking, there is no instant onset. Edibles can easily take an hour or more to kick in, so if you still aren’t feeling anything after 45 minutes or so don’t sweat it, just kick back and be patient. The last thing you want to do is to take another dose thinking the first one didn’t work, only to find out that you just took a double dose and you’re gonna be in for a long night.
Making your own edibles really takes the experience up a notch, and once you’ve mastered the art of cannabis infusion, you may just find you have a new hobby. First things first though, the key to making any sort of edible is to have a cannabis-infused fat on hand.
Prep: How to Make Cannabutter
THC is fat-soluble, so in order for it to be broken down by the body it must be eaten with fat. Infusing butter with cannabis allows the fat to soak up the THC — as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes and flavonoids — leaving you with your own batch of cannabutter that you can use to whip up potent edibles like cannabis cookies, pot brownies, or your own batch of cannabis mac and cheese.
The good news is you’ll probably find that making cannabutter is a lot easier than you thought.
First you’ll need to decarboxylate about half an ounce of ground cannabis. What’s decarboxylation? This is a process that activates the compounds in cannabis, including THCA, which transforms into THC, the molecule responsible for the high. Decarboxylating requires heating the cannabis, typically in an oven set to around 220-245°F (105-120°C) for about 30-45 minutes. Just make sure to keep an eye on the cannabis so it doesn’t burn in the oven.
After decarboxylating the cannabis, simmer a cup of water and a cup of butter until the butter melts. Let it simmer, and mix in the decarboxylated cannabis and mix well. Simmer on low heat – around 160-180°F (70-80°C) for 2-3 hours, making sure not to let it boil. After 2-3 hours, take the pan off the heat and let it cool before straining it through a cheesecloth into a container.
You can always experiment with the amount of cannabis you put in the butter, as well as the potency and cannabinoid or terpene profile of the marijuana you use.
- ½ cup of unsalted butter
- ½ cup of cannabis butter
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- ½ a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
- 1 cup of grated Mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup of grated Swiss cheese
- 3/4th cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup of flour
- 3/4th cup of bread crumbs
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 pound of cooked macaroni pasta
Kitchen tools required:
- Deep pan
- A spatula
- A whisk
- Oven dish
Heat the unsalted regular butter and the cannabis butter in a deep pan and let them melt well for 3 to 5 minutes. Once they have melted, add the flour in little by little, whisking it in with the butter properly.
Next, add the milk in small batches just like the flour and whisk it in as well to form a smooth mixture. If you add the milk all together at once the mixture will become lumpy. Once you are done mixing in the milk, add the different seasonings namely, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
After seasoning take the pan off the heat to add the various cheeses namely, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan. Start by adding the cheddar a little bit at a time and mix it in nicely. Continue the same process with the other three cheeses in the order of Swiss, Mozzarella and Parmesan. Don’t add all of the Parmesan, leave some aside.
Now that you’ve got your cheese sauce to the right creamy consistency, you can add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix it in well with a spatula. Shift this mac and cheese mixture into a greased oven baking dish. Mix the Parmesan cheese that you left aside with some cannabis butter and bread crumbs and sprinkle it on top of the mac and cheese mixture.
Next, put the baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes to cook. Once the crust of the mac and cheese has turned golden brown you can take it out of the oven and voila! Youryummy and creamy marijuana mac and cheese is ready for you to dig into.