The One with Thanksgiving Recipes That Belong in a "Friends" Episode
The Thanksgiving episodes from the '90s sitcom "Friends" are some of the most iconic pieces of TV comedy history. "Friends" fans know just how much better their Thanksgiving is going to be because of the many one-liners that will come to mind at the dinner table. In honor of Thanksgiving Day (not Truth Day), here is a list of recipes that Monica, Joey, and the gang would be all-in for!
1. Classic Roasted Turkey
Joey: "But you've got to have turkey on Thanksgiving! I mean, Thanksgiving with no turkey is like Fourth of July without apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas."
This roasted turkey recipe from Butter with a Side of Bread gives step-by-step instructions for Monica to prep and cook a beautiful Thanksgiving turkey for the entire group, or just Joey. They won't even want to put it on their heads. Joey is going to need his Thanksgiving pants for this bird!
2. Candied Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans and Marshmallows
Monica: "Uh, now Rachel, you want to put the marshmallows in concentric circles."
Rachel: "No, Mon, *you* want to put them in concentric circles. *I* want to do this."
Rachel can sprinkle the marshmallows right on top of these sweet potatoes in this recipe from Sprinkle Some Fun. Simply sprinkle them on top of the sweetened potatoes, and watch the melting magic happen. No concentric circles necessary!
3. Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
Monica: "Chandler, if you want, I can make you some macaroni and cheese for dinner."
Chandler: "Well, as long as the pilgrims didn't eat it then I'm in."
This recipe from Cupcake Diaries is easily made in the slow cooker and features a crunchy bread crumb topping. He'll have Monica making this for him every Thanksgiving!
4. Peanut Butter Trifle
Rachel: "It's a trifle. It's got all of these layers. First there's a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top!"
Rachel is going to love how easy it is to make this Peanut Butter Trifle from Tried and Tasty. The different chocolate and peanut butter layers make this trifle recipe a deliciously perfect flavor combination for Thanksgiving dessert. This is one trifle that does not taste like feet.
5. Browned Butter Peas and Carrots
Phoebe: "Turkeys are beautiful, intelligent animals."
Joey: "No, they're not! They're ugly, and stupid, and delicious!"
Because Phoebe considers Thanksgiving to be Needless-Turkey-Murder Day, this peas and carrots side dish from Cupcakes and Kale Chips is perfect for her to enjoy! With minimal ingredients and steps, Monica can put Phoebe in charge and not worry about her making her own decisions. It's a win-win!
6. Browned Butter and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Monica: "OK. Three kinds of potatoes coming up."
Maybe Ross likes his potatoes mashed with lumps, Joey wants his in the form of tots, and Phoebe wants whipped with peas and onions. But they're all going to agree that these Browned Butter Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Dessert Now, Dinner Later will be worth sacrificing their favorites! Red potatoes are the secret to the flavor of these mashed spuds.
7. Cranberry Relish
Chandler: "Get ready to taste my very special cranberries. Or should I say ... chanberries!"
Joey: "That's some gentle comedy, dude."
Every Thanksgiving dinner needs a dish of cranberry sauce. This homemade cranberry relish from Savory Experiments goes perfectly with Thanksgiving turkey or spread on dinner rolls. Chandler is going to be extra proud of this recipe!
8. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Ross: "I'm finding it really hard not to mess with him [Joey]."
Phoebe: "I've already stuffed a bunch of Brussels sprouts down his pants."
The next time everyone is late for Thanksgiving dinner and Joey gets stuck in the door, nobody will want to stuff these Brussels sprouts from The Food Charlatan down his pants! These roasted vegetables bring color and elegance to the Thanksgiving table. Make this recipe ahead of time and reheat to save time on Thanksgiving Day.
9. Turkey Moist Maker Sandwich
Ross: "Someone at work ate my sandwich ... . My Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. I can't believe someone just ate it!"
Chandler: "Ross, it's just a sandwich."
Ross: "Just a sandwich? Look, I am 30 years old, OK? I'm going to be divorced twice and I just got evicted. That sandwich was the only good thing going on in my life. Someone ate the only good thing going on in my life!"
There's no messing around with a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich with a moist maker in the middle. This version from Dinner Then Dessert is going to put a bounce back in Ross' step and make his life great again. This is the sandwich of all our day-after-Thanksgiving dreams.