Every great, long-lasting TV show has its holiday episodes. One of my favorites, Friends, sure had its share. In addition to learning a thing or two about being dysfunctional in our 20s over its 10-season run, we picked up a recipe for the most scrumptious, perfectly crafted Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich, courtesy of Monica, season 5, episode 9 (for the record, I had to look up the exact season and episode…I’m not that much of a nerd. But props to anyone that did know them by heart—you’re awesome). Now, Monica may have created The Moist Maker, as it’s called, but the episode is named “The One With Ross’s Sandwich” because of Ross’s infatuation with his beloved sandwich.
The Moist Maker is basically your entire Thanksgiving dinner in one sandwich. Think you need a nap after Thanksgiving dinner? See how you feel after eating this sandwich!
- 3 slices of bread
- Slices of turkey
- Cranberry sauce
- ½ or 1 cup of gravy (depending on how moist you want your middle piece of bread)
- Start with your middle slice of bread, or the Moist Maker, to use Friends terminology. Place your slice of bread on the plate or in a shallow bowl. Pour your gravy onto the bread. After you completely cover the top with gravy, turn the bread over and do the same to the other side.
- Now that you have your Moist Maker soaking up all that gravy, you can start to assemble your sandwich. Take your two other slices of bread and slather some cranberry sauce on one side of each. Next, layer your turkey on one side of the bread and place your Moist Maker on top of the turkey. Pile some stuffing on top of the Moist Maker and top it off with your last layer of bread.
This is going to be a lot of food, so I suggest eating part of it and putting the rest in the fridge. The Moist Maker will only continue to, well, moisten—so when you go to finish the rest later, the sandwich will be just as great as the first time. If you do put it in the fridge, make sure to label it so EVERYONE knows it’s your sandwich.