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Recipe: Simmer the turkey bones into a rich stock for Vietnamese pho

Vietnamese Turkey Pho.
Vietnamese Turkey Pho.Sheryl Julian

Serves 4

Turkey bones beg to be made into a rich, flavorful stock and then you have to show it off in a soup that depends on beautiful broth. Use cooked poultry bones and ideally, add a fresh turkey neck or wing to the pot (or use chicken wings and backs) to make this pho. Real Vietnamese pho, of course, is not made with turkey broth, but this recipe is a home version of the classic. Let rice noodles soften in boiling water (that only takes a couple of minutes), then transfer them to the broth, add shredded turkey, and layer on all the garnishes you like -- fresh cilantro, scallions, Thai basil, if you can find it, or regular basil, slices of jalapeno, which may offer enough heat, or Sriracha if you want more, lime juice, and fresh bean sprouts. It's a delicious and welcome bowl after a holiday meal.

STOCK

½bunch scallions
3quarts water
1piece (1 inch) fresh ginger
2quarts turkey bones, necks, wing pinions, or chicken wings and backs
teaspoons salt

1. Halve the scallions where the dark green meets the light green. Set the light green ends aside for the soup. In a soup pot, combine the scallions, water, ginger, turkey bones or chicken wings or bones, and salt. Bring to a boil, skim the surface of the liquid thoroughly and lower the heat. Cover the pot and simmer, skimming once or twice, for 1 hour. (If you're using mostly uncooked bones, simmer for 1 1/2 hours.)

2. Set a strainer over another pot. Tip the stock into it. Use tongs to remove the turkey or chicken bones. Pull off any meat from the bones and return it to the stock.

SOUP

4ounces dried rice vermicelli or rice sticks
3cups shredded cooked turkey
1tablespoon brown sugar
1bunch fresh cilantro, half coarsely chopped
2cups fresh bean sprouts
1bunch fresh Thai or regular basil
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges
¼cup Sriracha

1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Turn off the heat. Add the vermicelli or rice sticks and let them sit for 2 minutes, or until not quite tender (they will cook briefly later).

2. Drain the noodles into a colander. With scissors, snip them several times. Tip them into the stock. Add the cooked turkey and brown sugar. Turn the heat to medium and let the soup come to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes to reheat the turkey.

3. Meanwhile, thinly sliced the light green and white parts of the scallions. Add half the scallions to the soup with the chopped cilantro. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with the remaining cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, jalapeno, lime, and Sriracha.

Sheryl Julian

Serves 4

Turkey bones beg to be made into a rich, flavorful stock and then you have to show it off in a soup that depends on beautiful broth. Use cooked poultry bones and ideally, add a fresh turkey neck or wing to the pot (or use chicken wings and backs) to make this pho. Real Vietnamese pho, of course, is not made with turkey broth, but this recipe is a home version of the classic. Let rice noodles soften in boiling water (that only takes a couple of minutes), then transfer them to the broth, add shredded turkey, and layer on all the garnishes you like -- fresh cilantro, scallions, Thai basil, if you can find it, or regular basil, slices of jalapeno, which may offer enough heat, or Sriracha if you want more, lime juice, and fresh bean sprouts. It's a delicious and welcome bowl after a holiday meal.

STOCK

½bunch scallions
3quarts water
1piece (1 inch) fresh ginger
2quarts turkey bones, necks, wing pinions, or chicken wings and backs
teaspoons salt

1. Halve the scallions where the dark green meets the light green. Set the light green ends aside for the soup. In a soup pot, combine the scallions, water, ginger, turkey bones or chicken wings or bones, and salt. Bring to a boil, skim the surface of the liquid thoroughly and lower the heat. Cover the pot and simmer, skimming once or twice, for 1 hour. (If you're using mostly uncooked bones, simmer for 1 1/2 hours.)

2. Set a strainer over another pot. Tip the stock into it. Use tongs to remove the turkey or chicken bones. Pull off any meat from the bones and return it to the stock.

SOUP

4ounces dried rice vermicelli or rice sticks
3cups shredded cooked turkey
1tablespoon brown sugar
1bunch fresh cilantro, half coarsely chopped
2cups fresh bean sprouts
1bunch fresh Thai or regular basil
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges
¼cup Sriracha

1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Turn off the heat. Add the vermicelli or rice sticks and let them sit for 2 minutes, or until not quite tender (they will cook briefly later).

2. Drain the noodles into a colander. With scissors, snip them several times. Tip them into the stock. Add the cooked turkey and brown sugar. Turn the heat to medium and let the soup come to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes to reheat the turkey.

3. Meanwhile, thinly sliced the light green and white parts of the scallions. Add half the scallions to the soup with the chopped cilantro. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with the remaining cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, jalapeno, lime, and Sriracha.Sheryl Julian


Sheryl Julian can be reached at sheryl.julian@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sheryljulian.