What is Thanksgiving without time with your family, turkey, football, and a marathon of Friends’ incredible Thanksgiving episodes?! It’s hard to think of Turkey Day without immediately thinking of the show’s holiday-themed episodes — with each season’s being better than the next.
While it’s hard to pick the best of the holiday episodes, one of the best storylines — if not the best holiday storyline — comes courtesy of Rachel Green (aka Jennifer Aniston) in Season 6’s “The One Where Ross Got High.” Even though there’s truly no forgetting this incredible episode, allow us to refresh your memory: Monica is, of course, hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the gang and her parents. Being that she’s a professional chef and everything, she cooked all the food — save for dessert, which she let Rachel handle on her own.
To honor the special occasion, Rach decides to make a traditional English trifle… Only, she ends up making half a traditional English trifle, half shepherd’s pie — complete with ladyfinger, a layer of jam, then custard (which she made from scratch!), then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sautéed with peas and onions, then a little more custard, bananas, and then whipped cream on top! Of course!
In an effort not to offend Rachel, the gang decides to eat the whole thing — and of course, some (Joey) like it more than others (literally everyone else in the apartment). So if you want to spice up your Thanksgiving — literally — or impress your Friends-loving pals with your own “traditional English trifle,” we’ve hooked you up with the recipe. No word on if it actually tastes like feet — but be sure to report back!
Rachel’s Traditional English Trifle Recipe
1 package of ladyfingers
1 jar of jam (we recommend raspberry!)
2 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
One-third cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
10 oz ground beef
1 package of peas
Step 1: Make Your Own Custard!
One of the most crucial parts of Rachel’s custard — which is made from scratch! To prepare Rach’s homemade sweet treat, we followed Genius Kitchen’s recipe! To begin, set the eggs aside in a bowl, where they are easily accessible; then, using a whisk, combing the milk, sugar, and cornstarch on a saucepan over medium heat. Allow the milk to bubble, and whisk occasionally to prevent the cornstarch from clumping.
Remove the milk from the heat, and mix two tablespoons of the milk mixture into the eggs with a whisk, and then add the eggs/milk combination into the rest of the milk mixture slowly, whisking the original concoction constantly with a whisk.
Once all the ingredients are combined, heat the ingredients (without boiling) and gently whisk, allowing your custard to thicken. Once the mixture thickens into custard, remove from heat and slowly mix in the vanilla extract.
Step 2: Prepare the Meat!
- After dicing up the onion, combine the ground beef, the onion, and the peas and sauté to your heart’s desire! Add salt and pepper for taste.
Step 3: Layer All That Together!
- Anyone who has seen the episode countless times (like we have), can pretty much do this part by heart. In a large trifle bowl, prepare by layering the following items in order:
The beef, sautéed with peas and onions
A thin layer of custard
Whipped cream on top
And that’s it! Let us know if you serve it at your Thanksgiving — and remember: Custard? Good! Jam? Good. Meat? Goooood!
Check out how much the gang has changed since the show first began in the video below!