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Foodapalooza in When Harry Met Sally
February 10, 2016
When Harry Met Sally, meals n movies

If you’ve ever wondered how Meg Ryan became so popular with romantic comedies, then you’re just like me and you’ve never seen When Harry Met Sally. Harry and Sally share an amazingly complex relationship over many years. What starts out as simply sharing a ride from Chicago to New York results in a deep connection over many years which neither one of them even thought was remotely possible when they graduated college.

My wife, like many others when they find out, was stunned to discover I had never seen When Harry Met Sally and quickly decided this would be the movie she’d share a Meals n Movies night with me. Sure it came out and 1989, which was 10 years after I was born and extremely popular, but it was never one of those movies that appeared on my “watch” radar. I recognize it when we play Scene It and I can even answer some basic questions about it, but I’ve never had a burning desire to see it.

Having now watched When Harry Met Sally I’m glad my wife decided to share a Meals n Movies night featuring this wonderful movie. It’s easy to see how Meg Ryan snagged a lot of rom-com roles over the past 20 plus years.

When Harry Met Sally is filled tons of food for you to a dinner, including an appetizer if you wanted, and share with friends. The hardest part about dealing with all the food you have to choose from in this movie is narrowing down what you’re going to make—seriously. Choose something quick and easy like a salad and sandwiches, like we did, or go all out and make a Hungarian dish which is referenced to in the movie.

Food Appearances:

  • Grilled sandwich of sorts, onion rings, and soda (@8:13)
  • Chefs salad, oil and vinegar on the side, apple pie ala mode with strawberry ice cream on the side, vanilla ice cream, and real whip cream from a can (@8:46)
  • Bloody Mary mix, regular tomato juice, and lime (@17:54)
  • Red wine (@23:30)
  • Coffee (@30:57)
  • Grocery store scene with numerous cereal boxes, avocados, squash, carrots, heads of lettuce, salad bar preparation area with numerous options for a large salad (@35:50)
  • Glass of orange juice (@36:10)
  • Duck (@36:26)
  • Paprikash and pecan pie (@40:20)
  • Deli sandwiches, pickles, cottage cheese, Dr. Browns soda (@44:39)
  • Champagne and beer (@48:45)
  • White wine (@53:00)
  • Chocolate mouse pie (@1:06:07)
  • Dinner roll, green salad, martini (@1:15:48)
  • Peanut M&Ms, tea, and biscuits/cookies (@1:17:00)
  • Pea pod shrimp (@1:19:34)
  • Desserts tray (@1:20:44)
  • Hot dogs, sausages, onions, sauerkraut, Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale (@1:23:14)
  • Mallomars cookies (@1:24:54)
  • Ice cream cone (@1:26:17)
  • Coconut cake with chocolate sauce on the side (@1:31:51)

So what did my wife decide to make for dinner? With so much to choose from, she settled on a turkey sandwich on rye bread with cheddar cheese, a huge chefs salad, apple pie with strawberry ice cream on the side. Although I’m a fan of all the cocktails that made an appearance in the movie, my wife prepared a bloody beer instead of a Bloody Mary.

Turkey Sandwich on Marble Rye

Ingredients (4 sandwiches):

  • 1 pound of thick sliced applewood smoked turkey
  • 1 loaf of marble rye bread
  • 1 package of deli sliced cheddar cheese (at least 8 slices)
  • 1 jar of real mayonnaise
  • 1 jar of Klausen pickle spears


I almost feel like I’m insulting your intelligence by giving you directions on how to make a turkey sandwich, unless you’re royalty and people have been waiting on you since day one. If this is the story of your life, take two slices of marble rye bread and spread mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread. Cut two slices of your cheddar cheese in half and place two of your now four slices diagonally across the mayonnaise side of each slice of bread. Next, add desired amount of turkey on one slice of bread and cover with second slice of bread.  Add a pickle spear on the side, which is always a welcome addition to any sandwich plate.

When Harry Met Sally, meals n movies


Chef Salad

Ingredients (Serves 4-6):

  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 pound of ham, diced or cut into small strips
  • 1/4 pound turkey, diced or cut into small strips
  • 3 slices cheddar cheese, diced or cut into small strips
  • 3 slices swiss cheese, diced or cut into small strips
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced or cut into small strips
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • One small package of cherry tomatoes, cut in half (halving is optional)


In a large bowl add lettuce. On top add remaining ingredients grouped together.

chef salad, when harry met sally, meals n movies



Creamy Italian Garlic Dressing


  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves

Blend all items in a food blender for 2 minutes. Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups and must be refrigerated.


Desert was apple pie (Mrs. Smith’s) and strawberry ice cream (Edy’s), which was store bought instead of homemade and were still delicious!

apple pie, when harry met sally, meals n movies

The Bloody Beer recipe my wife discovered was tasty, but I’ve had others which were much tastier. With that being said though, I would probably try and add a bit more spice than this recipe calls for to give it more of a kick, but that’s just my taste buds talking.

Bloody Beers

Ingredients (Serves 8):

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 lime wedges
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 8 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • Hot sauce (such as Cholula)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 12-oz cans of light beer
  • 8 pickle spears

On a small plate mix salt and red pepper flakes. Using the lime wedges, rub the rims of the 8 pint glasses and dip the top of the glasses in the chile salt and fill with ice. Add 1/4 cup tomato juice, 1 tbsp. lime juice, a dash of both the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Pour one 12 oz light beer into each pint glass (not everything fit in my glass). Garnish with the lime wedges you rubbed the glasses with and add a pickle spear (spicy pickle for me next time).

bloody beers, when harry met sally, meals n movies

With as much food as there is to choose from in this movie, there are a lot of options for you to explore for ideas. We went with something simple since we had 3 other family members joining us for this Meals n Movies night. Everyone involved had a great time and a full stomach. I’ll admit I really did enjoy this movie and it was great to see both Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in their earlier years. I’ve always respected both of them as professionals and I’m sort of embarrassed I hadn’t sat down and watched this movie before.

I’m on deck for the next Meals n Movies night and we’re going to be watching Top Gun—stay tuned!!