5 Must Have Sandwiches From ‘Friends: The Official Cookbook’!

Happy National Sandwich Day! In honor of all the hoagies, subs, and heroes out there here are the five must-have sandwiches that you need to make from Friends: The Official Cookbook.

National Sandwich Day has arrived and oh do we have some sandwiches that you can be munching on to celebrate! During the pandemic, Amanda Yee took it upon herself to create over one-hundred recipes inspired by the beloved TV show Friends. In this cookbook, you are guaranteed to be thrown back into the nineties with recipes that even feature what season and episode they originated from. See below what famous sandwiches you should be making on National Sandwich Day with Friends: The Official Cookbook.

Rachel’s Lobster With a Side of Lobster Roll

For all our New Englanders out there Rachel’s Lobster With a Side of Lobster Roll is the perfect sandwich that you can enjoy on this national holiday. The recipe is inspired by Phoebe’s most famous line “She’s Your Lobster”. If you want to reminisce and go back to the scene that brought this sandwich to life, you can watch Season 2, Episode 14 “The One With the Prom Video”.

To make this famous dish all you need is three pounds of large lobster claws, lemon juice and zest, mayonnaise, fresh tarragon, chives, Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper, butter, and last but not least, sweet Hawaiian or brioche hot dog rolls to bring this seafood classic together.

Make sure to make this sandwich for yourself and your “lobster” at home to celebrate.


3 pounds of large lobster claws thawed if frozen, zest and juice 1 small lemon, ½ cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons diced fresh tarragon, ½ cup of chives, 2 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning or dry rub seasoning for seafood, salt and pepper, sweet Hawaiian rolls or brioche hotdog buns, butter.

Mix all of the ingredients together, slightly toast the bread, assemble and enjoy!

The Moist Maker


If I were Ross, I would be also mad if someone ate my leftover sandwich. The Moist Maker made its famous debut on Season 5, Episode 9 “The One With Ross’s Sandwich”. In the episode, Ross delves into how Monica makes the best leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. When she makes one for Ross to bring to work his coworker ends up eating the sandwich. Later on in the episode, Ross’s “coworker” ends up being his boss who then puts him on sabbatical and sends him to a psychiatrist for anger management therapy.

Although Thanksgiving comes after national sandwich day, this is still the perfect sandwich to prepare you for what you will be indulging in just a few weeks! To make this Thanksgiving day leftover delight all you need is sandwich bread, mayonnaise, romaine lettuce, leftover turkey or deli-turkey slices, cornbread stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

Many on Tik Tok have also taken this sandwich and have recreated it in their own way, but always stick to the original recipe.


3 slices of bread, mayonnaise (optional), 2 pieces of romaine lettuce, ½ cup of leftover turkey or deli-style turkey slices, ¼ cup leftover cornbread stuffing, ¼ cup of leftover or store-bought gravy, ¼ cup of canned cranberry sauce, salt and pepper. 

Make sure you dip that middle piece of bread in the grave to keep your sandwich extra moist!

Joey’s Meatball Sub

@theaverytouch Cooking Joey’s #MeatballSub with Avery! #theaverytouch #joeytribbiani #food #foodie #foodtiktok #friends #friendscookbook #cookbook #ourtable #meatball #easyrecipe #simplerecipe #sandwich #sub ♬ I’ll Be There for You (TV Version with Dialogue) – The Rembrandts

If you’re like Joey and you don’t want to share your food this holiday, then Joey’s Meatball Sub is the sandwich for you. Joey’s sub comes from Season 5, Episode 20 “The One With the Ride-Along”. When Joey, Ross, and Chandler go out for a “ride-along” with Phoebe’s boyfriend who is a cop; the three believe they are being shot.

During the episode, the truth comes to light that instead of Joey trying to protect Ross over Chandler, he actually was trying to save his meatball sub. To make this sandwich what you need for the meatballs is ground pork, beef, onions, oregano, parsley, thyme, basil, bread crumbs, red wine, eggs, and lastly pine nuts. To make these meatballs into a sandwich just add some store bought marinara sauce, six-inch Italian sub rolls, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and parsley. Fans of the show have even created this sandwich over on Tik Tok and have said it is a sandwich you wouldn’t want to miss!

If there were any day where your sandwich was more important than saving your friends, today would be the only exception.


Meatballs: ¾ ground pork, ¾ ground beef, ½ yellow chopped onion, 2 tablespoons oregano roughly chopped, 2 tablespoons of parsley roughly chopped, 2 tablespoons of thyme roughly chopped, 2 tablespoons of basil roughly torn, ½ cup of breadcrumbs, ⅓ cup of red wine, 2 eggs, ⅓ cup of toasted pine nuts

Combine ingredients and roll into balls and bake them off. While they cook make your marinara sauce (or heat it up). Finish the meatballs in sauce. Take a hogie roll and stuff with mozzarella bake until cheese mealts. Fill with meatballs and sauce and finish off with some fresh parley.

Chandler’s Grilled Cheese

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One sandwich staple that ranges from kids to adults is Chandler’s Grilled Cheese. Bing’s sandwich comes from Season 1, Episode 9 “The One Where Underdog Gets Away”. If you’re not a fan of Thanksgiving dinner like Chandler, you can make this sandwich to enjoy whenever you please. Don’t worry about making tomato soup, which everyone knows is the complimentary dish with this gooey sandwich because there is already tomato jam in the recipe!

To make this famous grilled cheese you need olive oil, yellow onion, butter, sourdough bread, and cheese. If you are feeling frisky and want to make the tomato jam as well, you will also need ground cumin, cherry tomatoes, fresh ginger, lemon, brown sugar, water, onion, and vegetable oil. Make sure that you have at least leave six hours when it comes to preparing and having your tomato jam cook to perfection.

Fans of the show have tried the sandwich and have left good reviews all over social media. If you don’t feel like having any deli meat to celebrate National Sandwich Day, then this is the recipe for you!


Tomato Jam: 2 tablespoons of ground cumin, 2 pounds cherry tomatoes, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, zest and juice of 1 lemon, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 medium sliced onion, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 

Combine ingredients in a saucepan and cook down until it reduces into a jam stirring occasionally.

Grilled Cheese: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 yellow sliced onions, softened butter, 1 sourdough loaf cut into 12 slices, 24 slices cheese of your choice.

Cook down the onions and assemble the grilled cheese. Cook the grilled cheese open face and then fill will onions and tomato jam and enjoy!

Phoebe’s Oatmeal Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

When it comes to the end of every meal, you always have to save a little room for dessert. The best way to finish off this holiday is to have Phoebe’s Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. These cookies came to life in Season 1, Episode 12 “The One With the Dozen Lasagnas”. Throughout the series, Phoebe has always been known to be the one who has made the best oatmeal raisin cookies.

What you’ll need to make these ice cream sandwiches is unsalted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, salt, baking soda, rolled oats, raisins, and vanilla ice cream to top it off.

The known YouTube Channel Sorted Foods that have 2.63M subscribers, took it upon itself to make and review Buffay’s cookie sandwiches. In the video, you will also see them make the Moist Maker. The men acclaimed that these cookies had the right amount of crunch and chew and that the recipe was easy to follow.


1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted softened butter, ½ cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 ½  teaspoons of vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3 cups of rolled oats, 1 cup raisins.

Mix together wet and dry ingredients separately and slowly mix together until a dough forms. Make balls of the dough and put on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool and then make a sandwich with your ice cream of choice!

If want to indulge the nineties nostalgia you can find Friends: The Official Cookbook on Amazon. We hope here at AfterBuzzTV you enjoy this holiday and remember the wise words of Ross Geller, “never eat someone’s leftover sandwich”.

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Kate O’Brien is an aspiring producer and intern for AfterBuzzTV & Podcast Better Together with Maria Menounos along with Beyond Productions. She is currently completing her last semester of graduate school abroad in Los Angeles loving all pop culture and anything reality TV.