Moist Maker Ingredients

Our list of leftover ideas would be incomplete without arguably the most famous post-Thanksgiving meal of them all. Made popular by the “Friends” episode “The One With Ross’s Sandwich,” Monica’s “Moist Maker” sandwich is good enough to drive Ross “mental” when it is stolen from his work fridge. While we hope a sandwich theft wouldn’t inspire white-hot rage in our readers, here is the recipe for all to enjoy. (For an extra thrill, say the words “MY SANDWICH!” just before taking a bite)

Recipe courtesy of Delish.



3 tbsp. butter

3 tbsp. all-purpose flour 

1/2 cup turkey pan drippings 

1 tsp. freshly chopped thyme 

1 tsp. freshly chopped rosemary 

2 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth 

Kosher salt 

Freshly ground black pepper 


1/2 cup mayonnaise 

2 tbsp. dijon mustard 

2 tsp. freshly chopped parsley 

1 tsp. freshly chopped thyme 

1 tsp. freshly chopped chives 


9 slices white bread, toasted 

1 lb.  leftover turkey, sliced 

1 cup leftover mashed potatoes 

1 cup cranberry sauce 

1 cup leftover stuffing 



  1. Make gravy: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook until golden, 1 minute, then whisk in pan drippings. (If you have more than a 1/2 cup of drippings, use it and reduce the amount of broth!)
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently until slightly thickened. Stir in fresh herbs, then whisk in broth and return mixture to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes, gradually adding more broth if gravy is too thick. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool slightly. 
  4. Make herb mayo: In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, and fresh herbs. 
  5. Spread herb mayo on one side of 6 pieces of bread. Dip remaining 3 pieces of bread into gravy, making sure plenty soaks in.
  6. Build a sandwich by placing turkey on a mayonnaise spread piece of bread, then top with turkey,  mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, a gravy soaked piece of bread, stuffing, arugula, and another mayonnaise spread piece of bread. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 2 more sandwiches.

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