Who could forget the ill-fated Thanksgiving of '99, when Monica foolishly put Rachel on dessert duty? A misunderstanding with a sticky cookbook resulted in a "dessert" comprised of half trifle, half shepherd’s pie. For reasons that seemed good at the time, we decided to make the Friends-inspired dessert for ourselves. The end result was weird, but actually wasn't as bad as we thought it'd be. In the immortal words of Joey Tribbiani: "What's not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Beef, GOOD!"


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Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins
Serves 1 dozen innocent, naive people


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook, crumbling with the back of a spoon until browned, about 8 minutes. Add onion to ground beef and cook, stirring constantly 4 minutes. Add peas and season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Line bottom of trifle dish with half of the lady fingers, artfully arranging some around the perimeter of the dish. Top lady fingers evenly with jam. Spread 2 cups of custard over jam and top with raspberries. Add remaining lady fingers in a single layer over custard. Top evenly with sauteed beef mixture and remaining custard. Add sliced bananas and top evenly with whipped topping.