If you, like myself, are a die hard fan of the greatest sitcom ever (Friends, duh), the photo above requires no explanation. If you are not familiar with Friends, right now you’re probably thinking I’ve gone off my rocker putting beef in a dessert and are ready to run the other way.

Let me back up a sec. When Josie and I became friends a several years ago, we were happy to discover that one of the many things we have in common is our extensive knowledge and love for Friends. She gets my constant references and I get hers. One thing the show is known for are the hilarious Thanksgiving episodes (especially this one, which is clearly the best). A few years ago we were texting around the holiday (making more Friends references, no doubt) and realized it would be so fun to get together and prepare a Friends-themed meal featuring the many iconic dishes from the Thanksgiving episodes. We promised that one day we would make it happen. This year we were both feeling less than enthused about a traditional Thanksgiving and we knew this was the time to make our half joke a reality.

We watched all of the Thanksgiving episodes together and took note of the various dishes mentioned. Then we took that list and made it our plan of action!

The meal included:
Herb roasted turkey breast (which has nothing to do with Friends, but we wanted turkey and didn’t have the desire or need for a whole one)
Chandler’s grilled cheese (no Funyuns though – they don’t sell those at Whole Foods)
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows in concentric circles – which also doubled for YAMS!
Monica’s righteous mac and cheese (we made this recipe)
Potatoes three ways – mashed with lumps, whipped with peas and onions, and tots
Chanberries (cranberry sauce)
And, Rachel’s traditional English trifle – made just as she describes

We were also very happy to get to share this meal with another best friend of mine, Amanda, who also knows and loves Friends as much as we do. Ryan and his crew also joined in and, being such a good sport, he even tried the trifle despite having no idea what it was all about. Yes, we all tried it. And while I don’t exactly agree with Ross about it tasting “like feet”, it was just as disgusting as you might imagine. Even so, I can’t think of any other dessert that has ever made me laugh that hard.

There are really no words for what a perfect weekend this was! At a time that could have been much more dark and dreary, my house was filled with SO much happiness and laughter. I am a lucky girl!

  • Omg, you guys are too cute!! I absolutely adore this celebration, and that food :)

  • Katie (The Muffin Myth)

    OMG, I can’t believe you made that trifle! That is amazing! I’m also a fervent Friends fan and love the Thanksgiving episodes. So much gold there! I’m going to have to spend some time this weekend watching them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks

    I LOVE that you made and actually ate this trifle Annie! You sure are a dedicated friends fan! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Stephanie McCarrell

    This. is. EPIC! I love Friends and of course the Thanksgiving episodes are my favorites! I love that you got together and had a FRIENDSgiving. Love! AND the trifle definitely needed no more explanation for me. Kudos for actually following through on that one. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Angela

    LOVE it. I am a friends-aholic too. In college, my roommate and I would hang quotes from Friends all over our dorm room and add to the collection after each new episode. Wish that show could have gone on forever. Thinking it would be cool to make the trifle as I’m curious to know what it tastes like. Maybe one of these days I’ll surprise my family with it for dinner! :-) Have a fantastic holiday.

  • rachelsmiles

    I saw the trifle on your instagram this weekend and immediately knew what it was! I tried to share the joy with my friends, while also at our Friendsgiving, but apparently they weren’t die hard Friends fans which I just can’t comprehend. The meal looks amazing, hope you had a blast!

  • I love Friends. When I saw your guys instagram pictures over the weekend I was cracking up. Ewe, I can only imagine how gross that must have tasted! I love that episode so much! You and Josie are too cute!

  • Rachel Baddorf

    This is brilliant! Every year we watch all the Thanksgiving episodes but I never considered making the food. Next year for sure!

  • Yay! Best Thanksgiving dinner ever! So glad we got to do this together. Love you to pieces :)

  • annieseats

    Ditto :D :D :D

  • Angela

    This makes me so happy! I saw the pie and my first thought was, “you’re going to want to put the marshmallows in concentric circles.” “No, YOU want them in concentric circles. I want to do this.”

  • Patricia Potter

    I cannot tell you how awesome I think you guys are for doing “Friendsgiving”!!! You all must have had so much fun. Potatoes three ways, I love it! Keep on keeping on Annie you rock!

  • Betsy

    Annie, I’ve loved your blog for a long time, but my love just grew exponentially! Did this meal give you the meat sweats?

  • lemonsugar

    I fully expect your version of the Moistmaker Sandwich in the next week or so! ;)

  • annieseats

    Oh yeah…here come the meat sweats!

  • This is awesome in so many ways! We are having our annual Friends trivia night this week…3 year champion running, right here.

  • Melinda

    I first saw the trifle picture preview and thought, that looks like Rachel’s….then I saw the blog post title :D How fun!

  • kimyank

    I’m totally doing this next year! Great idea! Anyone put a full turkey on their head? :)

  • Diane

    So fun! I’m not a Friends watcher, but I love that you could find some joy for Thanksgiving. :)

  • Lauren Haas

    Lol! Thought the same thing!!!

  • I LOVE Friends and I’m dying that you replicated Rachel’s trifle! So great!!

  • Kayla W

    I love that you two did this. But how did you recreate the turkey on the head with just a turkey breast? ;)

  • SK

    Oh this is too cute! And the trifle is the best thing ever ;-) as a Friends fanatic, loved this! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Em Rohrer

    “Rachel, you were not supposed to put beef in the trifle…it did not taste good.” LOL, my favorite thanksgiving Friends episode by far, love that you celebrate it, so much fun!

  • annieseats

    Ha! No, but that would have been awesome. Especially with those giant glasses. That image can make me laugh forever :)

  • mayalaurent

    Love this Annie! We did a food club night with all desserts and our friend brought a meatloaf covered in mashed potatoes as an ode to the Friends episode. He wasn’t daring enough to try the real thing! Love it!!!

  • Kat Moore

    First, I think this makes me love you even more. Second, thank you for including the link. My 12 year old daughter has been watching Friends with me for years, but she hadn’t seen this one yet. Another bonding moment a la Annie.

  • Laura

    OMG This is the best post I’ve ever seen!! I remember finding this blog and seeing the cheesecake recipe (which I will make one day). My boyfriend and I watching the series because he’s never seen it an we just saw the trifle episode. Awesome job!

  • Erin

    “No, you want to put them in concentric circles. I want to do this!” (Puts mini marshmallow in Monica’s nose.)
    This post is amazing. You are such an inspiration Annie! Thanks for being so fearless in and out of the kitchen.

  • Tracey

    I love love love that you did a Friends Thanksgiving! The picture of the trifle made me laugh out loud! It’s our family’s favorite show — we watched 3 episodes on Thursday night. I’m glad you had a fun holiday.

  • annieseats

    Love it!

  • jennie lopez

    I absolutely love this, and am totally stealing the idea. I may not even wait a full year for it to happen. Meat? Gooood. Jam? Gooooooood. What a wonderful Thanksgiving plan.

  • OMG this is awesome. THAT TRIFLE. I can’t believe you actually tried it!

  • Mary

    This is amazing and I just sent it to all of my college girlfriends, who would get together in the dorms every Thursday to watch Friends. I hope one day we can do our own Friendsgiving!

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  • annieseats

    We did the same! Ah, the memories.

  • So funny. I totally did a double take when I first saw the pic, analyzing everything to try and figure out if it was actually a savory dish or if it was actually not ground beef with peas, like maybe ground nuts and um…green marzipan…if it was supposed to look like beef or not. I’m nto as much of a Friends afficionado, though I do have e few Thanksgiving episodes in mind, but I def wouldn’t have figured that all out without the explanations. Looks like tons of fun!

  • Kara B

    Amazing!!! Knew it right away! Glad you had a fun holiday this way.