How to make 'The Moist Maker,' the iconic turkey sandwich Ross from 'Friends' made from Thanksgiving leftovers

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There are few truly iconic sandwiches from popular culture of recent decades, but one that is undeniably deserving of icon status is the Moist Maker.

For the uninitiated, the Moist Maker is Ross’s Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich from “Friends.”

In season 5, episode 9 of the cult sitcom, aptly named “The One with Ross’ sandwich,” we learn that Monica makes the best leftover turkey sandwiches – her secret being the extra slice of gravy-soaked bread in the middle (the Moist Maker).

Can you blame Ross for losing his cool upon discovering his colleague Donald had not only eaten his sandwich but thrown some of it away?

Ross FriendsYouTubeRoss was 30 years old, twice divorced, and just got evicted, after all.


He said that sandwich was “the only good thing going on” in his life, after all.

Well, in good news for Ross and turkey lovers across the world, you can now make your own Moist Maker at home, whether using up Thanksgiving leftovers or any other time of the year.

The recipe features in the upcoming official “Friends” cookbook by Amanda Yee, due to be published on September 22, and Insider has been sent the recipe for one of the most famous sandwiches in the world in advance.

Here’s how to make your own Moist Maker – just make sure no one else gets their hands on it before you.


  • 3 slices of sandwich bread
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • 2 pieces romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup gravy
  • 1/2 cup leftover turkey or deli-style slices
  • 1/4 cup canned cranberry sauce (the book also has a recipe for “Chandberry” sauce)
  • 1/4 cup cornbread stuffing
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Lay out a slice of bread. If using mayonnaise, spread an even layer over the slice of bread then top with a leaf or two of lettuce, then half the turkey, followed by half of the stuffing.
  2. Pour the leftover gravy into a shallow dish. Dip a second slice of bread into the gravy and turn to coat. Top the stuffing with this moist maker slice.
  3. Add another layer of lettuce, the remaining turkey, cranberry sauce, and top with the rest of the stuffing and the final slice of bread. Use a large toothpick to hold everything together.

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