Recipe: Mr. Nice Brings Spice to Phenomenal Squash

This strain-specific marijuana edible recipe uses the flavor of cannabis to elevate the mild squash.

This hardy harvest meal offers the rich, earthy flavors of fall with some added psychoactive zing. Perfect for taking the chill off and relaxing with loved ones.

Odds are you haven’t done too much cooking with the star ingredient of this recipe, so when you first lay eyes on the Yugoslavian Finger Squash, you may have some questions: is that an alien vegetable? a mutated garden squash? A sun-grown understudy for “Thing” from the Adams Family? What the eff is that?!

Fear not, this creepy little fingered creature is just a delicious squash, hailing from — as the name implies — Yugoslavia. This strange squash was introduced to America in 1885 by James J.H Gregory, who inexplicably insisted on calling it a “pineapple squash,” a name which hasn’t really stuck.

The Yugoslavian squash is very mild in flavor compared to other fall squash, but the addition of the Mr. Nice lends complex layers of earthy hash flavors with pronounced spicy and sweet notes. This strain-specific dish conjures up wonderful fall flavors, creating what amounts to a comforting, warm blanket for your palette. Plate it by itself as a healthy entrée, or serve it up as a side to accompany a fall time feast.

Either way, enjoy with a nice glass of wine or warm spiced apple cider. Or for the best of both worlds, consider serving with mulled wine

Mise en place:

• 1 Yugoslavian Finger Squash

• 1/2 chopped day old French bread

• 3 tablespoons chopped cooked bacon, prosciutto, chicken, ham or meat of your choice

• 2 tablespoons chopped cheese of your choice (brie and goat are wonderful options)

• 2 tablespoons dried fruit of your choice (raisins or cranberries work great!)

• 1 tablespoon chopped raw nuts of your choice (almonds or pecans are fantastic)

• 2 tablespoons Mr.Nice cannabutter

• 1 tablespoon maple syrup

• 2 teaspoons brown sugar

• Garlic, salt, cracked pepper to season

Strain Substitution:

As with any strain-specific recipe, the flavors of the cannabis are key to the flavor profile of the dish, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make substitutions if you need to. I would recommend any strain with prominent earthy hash and spice flavors, with great examples being Hashplant, Spice, Buddha’s Sister, and G-13. As always, be creative and have fun with it!

Directions:

Step 1: Cut the top of the squash off and carefully hollow out the squash by scooping out the seeds. Discard the top into the garbage.

Step 2: In a glass cooking dish, add in about 1 inch of water. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. When the oven is done preheating, add the squash upside down and uncovered in the dish.

Step 3: Place into the oven for 25 minutes then turn the squash on the other side for another 25 minutes. Pull from the oven in preparation of the next step.

Step 4: In a separate bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the maple syrup, cannabutter, and brown sugar. Place the exempt ingredients into the bottom of the squash then gently pack in the mixture from your bowl. Place the squash stuffed side up into the oven for another 10 minutes uncovered.

Step 5: Serve as a standalone meal or as a wonderful accompaniment to any fall time feast. Enjoy!

Dosage:

Mr. Nice THC content tests between 15%-20%. If one gram of Mr. Nice tests at 20% THC, twenty percent of 1,000mg would be 200mg. Sub the number of your THC percentage and do the math to figure out your desired dosage per tablespoon for your method of making cannabutter. If you want a smaller dose in this recipe, cut the cannabis down to a smaller portion. If you want a larger dose, add the amount you desire.

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Jessica Catalano is a professional cannabis chef, writer, cannabis food blogger, author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine, a medical cannabis patient herself, and the pioneer of strain specific cannabis cuisine for flavor. She is a medical cannabis and cannabis lifestyle advocate who lives in Summit County, Colorado that has combined her two loves of food and cannabis into stylish medicated strain specific dishes for MMJ patients.

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