Friends Recipes: Cooking 5 Meals from the Official Cookbook

Every week our author Dasha Poleshchikova tests new dishes and shares the results. This week she made recipes from the official cookbook “Friends” from KhlebSol publishing house. We will finally taste Joe’s legendary meatball sandwich, try Phoebe’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 need difficult ingredients or special skills. You just have to follow the instructions – and everything will work. The book is very nicely designed, but the pictures of the food are missing something. Not all recipes come with a photo. You won’t know what Joe’s favorite pizza or Phoebe’s food looks like until you cook it.

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 toasted bread

  • 4 eggs

  • 40 g of butter

  • bunch of basil

  • 4 tsp grated parmesan

  • handful of pine nuts

  • 2 tsp. l. olive oil

  • 50 g of butter

  • salty

Cooking

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

  2. Put the bread on a hot pan. 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 make this, grind the basil, nuts, cheese and olive oil in a blender. Salt as needed.

  4. Serve eggs in bread with pesto.

Comments

No wonder Joe was proud of this recipe – it is not so easy to bring eggs to the desired degree of doneness. I like it when the protein is frozen, and the yolk remains liquid in the middle. Dipping toasted bread in 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 basil

  • 100 g of bread

  • ⅓ st. roasted pine nuts

  • 400 g of tomatoes in their own juice

  • 1 pc. l. vinegar

  • 1 pc. l. honey

  • ¼ st. grated parmesan

  • 150 g of mozzarella

  • sandwich buns

  • salt and pepper

  • frying oil

Cooking

  • Finely chop the onion or chop in a blender.

  • Mix dry herbs.

  • Add breadcrumbs, an egg, nuts, half the herbs and half an onion to the minced meat. Salt. To stir well. Blind the meatballs. Put them on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.

  • Add the remaining onion to the pan. Add tomatoes, herbs, vinegar and honey. Salt. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with warm water.

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

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

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

Comments

The sandwiches came out just right. The meatballs fall out, the sauce flows over your fingers, but you can’t tear yourself away, it’s so delicious! The real vibe Joe. In this recipe from Friends, I particularly 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 of ricotta

  • 2 eggs

  • 500 g Italian sausages

  • 400 g of tomatoes in their own juice

  • bulb

  • 1 pc. l. Italian herbs

  • 1 pc. l. honey

  • 1 pc. l. vinegar

  • 200 g of 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 ready. Then add vinegar and honey. If the sauce is too thick, dilute a little with warm water.

  3. Mozzarella roll.

  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. Allow the lasagna to cool slightly and serve.

Comments

Lasagna recipe from the series “Friends” turned out to be both soft 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 placed in lasagna instead of regular 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 tsp. l. vegetable oil

  • 1 pc. l. garlic powder

  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom

  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

  • ½ st. polenta

  • ½ st. white wine

  • 80 g of cream

  • ½ st. parmesan

  • peel and juice of one orange

  • 50 g of 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 place a load (eg 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. Make the sauce in the same pan as the chicken. To do this, pour white wine and cream. Add Parmesan, some water, orange peel and juice. Simmer until thick. At the end, add butter and grapes. Salt.

  5. Place 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 bit. 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 of butter

  • 150 g of sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 each

  • ⅓ tsp vanillin

  • 1 tsp cognac

  • zest of ½ orange

  • 320 g of flour

  • ½ teaspoon soda

  • 200 g of dark chocolate

  • sea ​​salt

Cooking

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

  2. Beat butter with sugar. Whisking constantly, add eggs and yolks 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 a 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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