Sometimes I feel limited in keeping my fictional creations strictly literary. Then I remember that this is my blog and I can do whatever I want. So behold! Film & television inspiration is now admissible on Eating Books. With all these Thanksgiving leftovers, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to craft the infamous Moist Maker from Friends. For those of you who don’t enjoy (or pretend not to) that delightful romp of ’90s prime-time television, it introduced us to a sandwich that (if stolen) could make a man lose his goddamn mind. And while I can’t stand Ross—let’s not get into that—I am on his side about pilfered lunches. Sticky fingers are annoying. It’s right up there with calling a sandwich moist in any official capacity, but I digress…
“You see, my sister makes these amazing turkey sandwiches. Her secret is she puts an extra slice of gravy-soaked bread in the middle. I call it the ‘Moist Maker.'”
The best part about this sandwich is that there’s really no wrong way to make it. Take all of your Thanksgiving leftovers and go to town. I was that kid who buttered bread and threw all of the contents of a pot roast on it (beef, carrots, potatoes) so this kind of sandwich is very appealing to me. I can also understand how a sandwich might be the only good thing you’ve got going on, which if that’s the case, at least it’s a damn good sandwich. It’s the little things that make us happy…in this instance, an extra piece of gravy-soaked bread.
- cranberry sauce
- roasted turkey
- turkey gravy
- mashed potatoes
- 3 slices of bread
- ANY AND ALL THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS
- 1. Soak 1 piece of bread in gravy, set aside. Toast remaining two slices.
- 2. On one slice of toasted bread, create a layer of mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey, with gravy-soaked bread in the middle.
- 3. Spread cranberry sauce on toasted bread and top the sandwich.