In honor of Thanksgiving — and all of the “Friends” episodes that will air during the turkey-filled holiday — Zap2it decided to recreate Rachel’s meat trifle from “The One Where Ross Got High.” It had to be done.

The Thanksgiving episode is a classic: Rachel is put in charge of making the group’s dessert, but, because she’s Rachel and the kitchen is basically unchartered territory for her, she manages to turn a delicious trifle into something that “tastes like feet.” How does she do that? Well, she accidentally combines the recipes for an English trifle and a shepherd’s pie, which results in layers of yummy custard and ladyfingers mixed with a layer of beef sauteed with peas and onions. So gross.

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In effort to not hurt her feelings — and to let Joey and Ross leave the meal early — everyone except Phoebe (she can’t eat the meat, duh) pretends that the dish is delicious. However, according to their faces and Ross’ “feet” comment, it’s absolutely disgusting.

In the spirit of “Friends”-giving, I wanted to see if the trifle is actually as bad as it sounds, so, with the help of Zap2it’s Chris Hayner, I set out to make the now infamous trifle.

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As per Rachel’s directions, first comes the lady fingers …

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… Then a layer of jam …

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… Then custard (which I did not make from scratch) …

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… Then raspberries …

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… More lady fingers …

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… Then beef sauteed with peas and onion …

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… More custard …

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… Then bananas …

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… And, finally, some whipped cream on top.

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Ta-da! A traditional English trifle with beef.

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Not wanting to put any food to waste — Joey would hate that, after all — I was then faced with the puke-worthy task of actually eating the disaster of a dessert. Spoiler: It was a truly confusing experience filled with waves of flavor.

First came the realization of what was about to happen.

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Then came the first bite. (I made sure to get a bite with the savory mixture in it.)

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Then came regret.

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Then came a deceiving wave of deliciousness … followed by sheer awfulness.

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In the end, I walked away knowing one thing: Although Rachel’s trifle does not in fact taste like feet, it is something that I never want to eat again.

However, I am not against making other people (in this case my co-workers) eat it.

 Zap2it made the Friends meat trifle: It was gross, then good, then really gross

Posted by:Casey Rackham