Ross Geller’s MOIST MAKER SANDWICH From Friends (Ultimate Thanksgiving LEFTOVERS Sandwich!)

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What’s Up, Hungry People

It’s officially Thanksgiving and you know what that means – long, cozy days off, rewatching Friends and LEFTOVERS!!

This year, I’m taking our leftovers to the next level by getting some inspiration from Monica’s chef expertise and making one of the most iconic dishes to never-be-seen on screen: the MOIST MAKER sandwich. After dozens of requests to make this nostaligic recipe – and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I knew it was time to bring this Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich to life.

The One With the Sandwich

In the Friends episode titled “The One with Ross’s Sandwich,” Ross experiences a hilarious and memorable Thanksgiving mishap. After Monica creates what he believes to be the perfect Thanksgiving leftover sandwich, which he lovingly named the “moist maker,” he takes it to work.

However, his joy quickly turns to despair when he discovers that someone at his office has eaten his cherished sandwich. This leads Ross to have a meltdown at work, confront his colleagues, and even his boss, in a fit of anger and sadness over the lost sandwich.

Back at Monica’s apartment, the rest of the gang learns about Ross’s sandwich ordeal and tries to comfort him. While the episode provides plenty of humor, it also highlights Ross’s attachment to the sandwich and the lengths to which he’ll go to protect his food. Ultimately, Ross forgives the co-worker who accidentally ate his sandwich, and the episode serves as a memorable and comedic moment in the series.

thanksgiving leftovers from friends

Here’s What You Need:

  • French country bread loaf: Slices are used for the sandwich and for soaking in gravy.
  • Gravy: Used to soak the bread and add moisture and flavor to the sandwich.
  • Glazed sweet potato leftovers: Provide a sweet and savory element to the sandwich.
  • Honey-glazed ham leftovers: Add a savory and slightly sweet flavor to the sandwich.
  • Roasted turkey leftovers: Contribute a classic Thanksgiving flavor to the sandwich.
  • Mashed potato leftovers: Act as a creamy and starchy component.
  • Stuffing leftovers: Bring a delicious herbed and seasoned texture to the sandwich.
  • Sweet corn leftovers: Offer a sweet and crunchy element to the layers.
  • Cranberry relish leftovers: Provide a tart and fruity contrast to the other ingredients.
  • Lettuce: Adds a fresh and crisp texture to the sandwich.
  • Butter: Used for toasting the bread and adding richness.
thanksgiving sandwich from friends

Let’s Cook!

To kick things off, let’s focus on the foundation of our sandwich. Start by soaking those slices of country French bread, about an inch thick, in a delectable pool of savory gravy. Let them absorb those rich flavors for a few hours, or if possible, overnight.

The One with Nostalgic Layers

Now, it’s time to channel our inner Ross and embark on a nostalgic journey through Thanksgiving leftovers. Toast fresh bread slices and give them a light buttery touch, just as Joey would appreciate a delicious snack.

The One with Monica’s Precision

In true Monica style, we’re going to assemble this sandwich with precision. Begin with the sweetness of glazed sweet potatoes, reminiscent of Phoebe’s soulful songs. Add thick-cut honey-baked ham, a nod to Joey and Chandler’s meat-loving adventures. Then, place that gravy-soaked bread slice in the middle, offering comfort much like Ross’s expertise in paleontology.

The One with the Glue

Let’s add roasted turkey breast, spoonfuls of stuffing, and mashed potatoes to the mix. These mashed potatoes will serve as the culinary glue, as solid as Chandler’s sarcasm.

The One with Eccentric Touches

Don’t forget to infuse the eccentricities that make “Friends” iconic. Include some leftover salad lettuce, a nod to Phoebe’s unconventional salads and Joey’s occasional forays into healthy eating.

The One with Central Perk’s Flavor

To capture the essence of Central Perk camaraderie, generously spoon on cranberry relish. It’s the perfect blend of tart and sweet, just like the memorable moments shared by our six beloved friends.

moist maker sandwich

Additional Tips and Notes:

  • Gravy Soaking: Ensure the bread slices are fully soaked in gravy for a moist and flavorful result.
  • Layering: Assemble the sandwich with the gravy-soaked bread in the middle to keep the layers moist and cohesive.
  • Toasting: Toasting the outer bread slices adds a delightful crunch to contrast with the moist fillings.
  • Customization: Feel free to customize with your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers.
  • Serve Promptly: Enjoy the sandwich while it’s fresh for the best taste and texture

As you embark on crafting this delectable Thanksgiving leftover sandwich, reminiscent of the times when Ross created his legendary “moist maker” sandwich, remember that it’s not just a meal; it’s a delightful journey through your favorite holiday flavors, much like the gang’s memorable moments at Central Perk.

The melding of sweet potatoes, turkey, ham, and more, all between two slices of gravy-soaked bread, creates a delightful medley of tastes and textures, just like the eclectic personalities of your favorite “Friends” characters.

Each bite tells a story of Thanksgiving past, making it a perfect way to relive those cherished moments, much like watching your favorite episodes of the beloved TV show. Serve this sandwich fresh and savor the nostalgia of your Thanksgiving feast in every bite, just as Ross cherished his “moist maker.”

Ross Geller’s MOIST MAKER SANDWICH From Friends (Ultimate Thanksgiving LEFTOVERS Sandwich!)

The Starving Chef
Craft a mouthwatering Thanksgiving leftover sandwich, a delightful medley of sweet potatoes, turkey, ham, and more between gravy-soaked bread, inspired by Ross's 'moist maker' sandwich.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 1 hour
Course Fictional Feasts, Thanksgiving
Cuisine Sandwich, Thanksgiving
Servings 2 sandwiches



  • 6 slices French country bread loaf set aside two pieces for soaking
  • 2 cups gravy
  • 4 tablespoons glazed sweet potato leftovers
  • 4 slices honey glazed ham leftovers
  • 4 slices roasted turkey leftovers
  • 2 tablespoons mashed potato leftovers
  • 4 tablespoons stuffing leftovers
  • 4 tablespoons sweet corn leftovers
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry relish leftovers
  • ¼ cup lettuce
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  • Place two slices of bread into a large enough container so that they can be covered with the gravy. Pour the gravy on top and allow the bread slices to soak for at least one hour.
  • Toast the remaining four slices of bread and lightly spread butter on the inner sides of the bread.
  • Assemble the sandwich with the desired leftovers, using the gravy-soaked bread in the middle as a divider between layers.
  • Serve and enjoy! Don't let your boss get his hands on your sandwich.
Keyword leftovers, sandwich
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