5 dishes from the Friends cookbook

Every week our author Dasha Poleshchikova tests new dishes and shares the results. This week she prepared recipes from the official cookbook “Friends” publishing house “Bread and Salt”. We’ll finally get to taste Joe’s legendary meatball sandwich, try Phoebe’s grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, and make a dozen of Monica’s lasagnas.

When I got my hands on the Friends recipe book, I didn’t know what to do! I was impatient to start cooking, but choosing a recipe was not so easy. And this is not surprising – the book contains more than a hundred dishes. Each comes with not only a detailed step-by-step recipe, but also a short link to the series in which the characters ate the dish.

All recipes are quite simple, do not require tricky ingredients or special skills. You just need to follow the instructions – and everything will work out. The book is very nicely designed, but the photos of the food were a bit lacking. Not all recipes come with a picture. Until you cook it, you won’t know what Joe’s favorite pizza or Phoebe’s food looks like.

Eggs a la Chandler

Recipes from Friends: Eggs a la Chandler

Total cooking time

15 minutes

Active cooking time

15 minutes

Ingredients for two servings

  • 4 slices of toast bread

  • 4 eggs

  • 40 g butter

  • bunch of basil

  • 4 tsp grated parmesan

  • handful of pine nuts

  • 2 tbsp. l. olive oil

  • 50 g butter

  • salt

Cooking

  1. Using a cookie cutter or glass, cut a hole in the middle of each slice of bread. Brush the slices with butter on both sides.

  2. Place bread on hot skillet. Put some butter in the holes in the bread. Pour in the egg. Salt and fry over medium heat on both sides until the desired doneness of the egg.

  3. Prepare the pesto sauce. To do this, grind the basil, nuts, cheese and olive oil in a blender. Salt if needed.

  4. Serve eggs in bread with pesto.

Comments

No wonder Joe was proud of this recipe – getting the hang of bringing eggs to the desired degree of readiness is not so easy. I like it when the protein is frozen, and the yolk remains liquid in the middle. Dipping toasted bread into it is delicious! Pesto adds spice to the dish.

Joe’s Meatball Sandwich

Joe's Meatball Sandwich

Total cooking time

50 minutes

Active cooking time

50 minutes

Ingredients for four servings

  • 500 g minced meat

  • egg

  • bulb

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1 tsp parsley

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • 1 tsp basilica

  • 100 g breadcrumbs

  • ⅓ st. roasted pine nuts

  • 400 g tomatoes in their own juice

  • 1 st. l. vinegar

  • 1 st. l. honey

  • ¼ st. grated parmesan

  • 150 g mozzarella

  • sandwich buns

  • salt and pepper

  • frying oil

Cooking

  • Finely chop the onion or chop in a blender.

  • Mix dried herbs.

  • Add bread crumbs, an egg, nuts, half of the herbs and half an onion to the minced meat. Salt. To stir thoroughly. Blind the meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.

  • Add the remaining onion in the skillet. Add tomatoes, herbs, vinegar and honey. Salt. If the sauce is too thick, thin with hot water.

  • Put meatballs in tomato sauce and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

  • Cut sandwich buns in half. Put a couple of slices of parmesan on each. Bake in the oven to melt the cheese.

  • Collect sandwiches. Put a few meatballs on each bun, pour over the sauce, sprinkle with parmesan and cover with the other half of the bun.

Comments

The sandwiches turned out just right. The meatballs fall out, the sauce flows over your fingers, but it’s impossible to tear yourself away, it’s so delicious! The real vibe Joe. In this recipe from Friends, I especially liked the idea of adding pine nuts to the minced meat. Meatballs came out crispy, juicy and very unusual.

Definitely not vegetarian lasagna

Recipes from Friends: Lasagna

Total cooking time

1 hour 10 minutes

Active cooking time

50 minutes

Ingredients for four to six servings

  • 400 g ricotta

  • 2 eggs

  • 500 g Italian sausages

  • 400 g tomatoes in their own juice

  • bulb

  • 1 st. l. Italian herbs

  • 1 st. l. honey

  • 1 st. l. vinegar

  • 200 g mozzarella

  • sheets for lasagna

  • salt and pepper

  • frying oil

Cooking

  1. Finely chop the onion or chop in a blender. Fry in a small amount of oil.

  2. Add sausages, tomatoes, Italian herbs and salt. Simmer until sausages are done. Then add vinegar and honey. If the sauce is too thick, dilute a little with hot water.

  3. Grate mozzarella.

  4. Mix ricotta with eggs.

  5. Collect lasagna. Put some tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. Cover with dough sheets. Put some of the sauce with sausages, sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover again with pastry sheets. Spread ricotta with eggs. Cover with dough. Then pour sauce with sausages and sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover with dough again. Pour in the rest of the sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let the lasagna cool slightly and serve.

Comments

Lasagna recipe from the series “Friends” turned out to be both tender and spicy. I liked the idea of making a layer of ricotta in the center. It added creaminess to the dish. And due to the fact that sausages are put in lasagna instead of the usual minced meat, the dish is prepared much faster.

Creamy Polenta Chicken Breasts by Carol and Susan

Chicken breasts with creamy polenta

Total cooking time

5 o’clock

Active cooking time

40 minutes

Ingredients for two servings

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 2 tbsp. l. vegetable oil

  • 1 st. l. garlic powder

  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom

  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

  • ½ st. polenta

  • ½ st. white wine

  • 80 g cream

  • ½ st. parmesan

  • zest and juice of one orange

  • 50 g butter

  • a handful of grapes

  • salt and pepper

Cooking

  1. Marinate chicken breasts in vegetable oil and spices and leave for four hours in the refrigerator. No need to salt!

  2. Cook the polenta according to package instructions.

  3. Put the breasts on a hot pan. Cover with a sheet of foil on top and put a load (for example, a large pot of water). Fry over medium heat for eight minutes on each side. Transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board, season with salt and set aside.

  4. In the same skillet as the chicken, make the sauce. To do this, pour in white wine and cream. Add Parmesan, some water, orange zest and juice. Simmer until thickened. At the end, add butter and grapes. Salt.

  5. Put a spoonful of polenta and chicken fillet on a plate. Drizzle generously with sauce and serve.

Comments

I would order this dish in a restaurant! It turned out very impressive and elegant, although it is quite simple to prepare. In this recipe from Friends, I liked the chicken frying technique. The fillet came out soft, tender and very juicy. I changed the sauce a little. The recipe in the book called for green olives instead of grapes, but I don’t like them.

French Chocolate Cookies

Recipes from Friends: Chocolate Cookies

Total cooking time

1 hour 40 minutes

Active cooking time

30 minutes

Ingredients for four to six servings

  • 200 g butter

  • 150 g sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 yolk

  • ⅓ tsp vanillin

  • 1 tsp cognac

  • zest of ½ orange

  • 320 g flour

  • ½ tsp soda

  • 200 g dark chocolate

  • sea salt

Cooking

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring, for about five minutes. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate for about forty minutes.

  2. Beat butter with sugar. Whisking constantly, add eggs and yolk one at a time.

  3. Add vanilla, cognac, soda and flour. Knead the dough. Then add chopped chocolate.

  4. Form cookies. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Comments

This is some kind of explosion of taste! You take a bite and at the same time you feel sweet dough, fragrant orange, salt and pleasant chocolate bitterness. No wonder Monica and Phoebe were so eager to restore this lost recipe on Friends.

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