The Best Thanksgiving Dishes From TV & How To Recreate Them For Your Feast

Where would we be without the Thanksgiving episodes of our favorite shows? Aside from the whacky antics that ensue before the big meal and around the table, shows like Friends and How I Met You Mother have introduced us to some of the most creative — and pretty out there — Thanksgiving dishes on television.

The characters are so passionate and committed to their Turkey Day creations, that sometimes they cannot see how terribly bizarre the dish is until everyone at the table is fighting to hold back making the universal puke face. Out of love, their friends will give the food a try and many times, to their surprise, it's actually pretty good. 

These interesting takes on traditional Thanksgiving food have caught the attention of fans for years, inspiring them to recreate the memorable dishes from their favorite shows. In case you need refreshing on Ross's epic sandwich meltdown or Barney Stinson's Thanksgiving martini, we've got you covered. If you're looking for a way to add some fun to your meal, look no further than these recipes inspired by some classic Thanksgiving episodes.


Ross's Moist Maker

The most infamous sandwich made from Thanksgiving leftovers is hands down, The Moist Maker from Friends. This sandwich is so beloved, that not only did Ross nearly loose his job over it, but fans have created a Moist Maker Facebook Page in its honor. 

If you're not convinced of this sandwich's power, you're going to need make one yourself. Here's what you'll need to craft the perfect Moist Maker.

  • 3 pieces of bread
  • Leftover turkey
  • Leftover gravy
  • Leftover stuffing

Before building your sandwich, soak one piece of the bread in the gravy — this is what makes the moist maker moist!. Then slide that gravy-soaked slice right in the middle of your sandwich and viola!


Ted's TurTurkeyKey

Season 6 of How I Met Your Mother, brought a Thanksgiving revelation for Ted: The TurTurkeyKey. It's a riff on the traditional Turduckin (a turkey stuffed with a duck that's been stuffed with a chicken) where Ted plans to stuff the turkey with a "slightly smaller turkey."

If you attempt this dish at home, keep in mind that (aside from Ted's pending copyright on the name) once the TurTurkeyKey was done, the crew agrees that it looked delicious, but just didn't taste right. 


Rachel's Thanksgiving Trifle

Another Friends Thanksgiving introduced the world to Rachel's Thanksgiving trifle, a mortifying mixture of savory and sweet. When Rachel wants to prove that she can contribute to the Thanksgiving meal, she decides to make an English Trifle for dessert. What she doesn't realize, is some pages have been stuck together, and part of a recipe for Shepard's Pie (a savory dish) has been mistaken for the Trifle recipe. The result is a sweet dessert with a meaty filling.

If you are brave enough to try this creation, you will need:

  • Lady Fingers
  • Jam (just one layer, sorry Joey)
  • Custard
  • Raspberries
  • Beef, sauteed with peas and onions
  • Bananas
  • Whipped cream

Layer these ingredients in a trifle dish and you will have a dessert you're guests will never forget.  



The Blitzgiving episode of How I Met Your Mother gives us the cocktail brainchild of Barney Stintson. He claims that the addition of a Boullion cube make this drink a liquid version of Thanksgiving dinner. 

Before you fill up on the real deal, try this martini version of Thanksgiving. Simply add potato vodka, cranberry juice, and one bouillion cube to a shaker with ice, shake for 30 seconds, then pour and enjoy.

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