Turkey à la Pho

Turkey à la Pho
Staff Writer

Turkey à la Pho

I put "à la Pho" as a disclaimer because I only used the spices I had available in my pantry. Also, I don't like putting mint and other vegetables in my pho, so this is just my take on the Vietnamese dish. Nevertheless, the long hours of simmering lent a comforting feeling, topped with turkey it certainly hits the spot like an authentic bowl of pho would.

3
Servings
34
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoons five spice powder
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 tablespoon annatto seeds
  • 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 8-10 whole cloves
  • 4 quarts water
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, quartered
  • One 4 ½- to 5-pound bone-in whole cooked turkey breast, thawed if frozen
  • One 2-inch piece unpeeled ginger, pounded
  • One 14-ounce package dried rice vermicelli
  • 1 scallion, sliced thinly

Directions

Place all of the spices in a skillet over medium heat. Toast for 1-2 minutes, shaking occasionally, and put the spices in a piece of cheesecloth. Tie up the cheesecloth with kitchen twine to form a pouch.

Fill a large stockpot with the water. Add the pouch of spices, celery, garlic, and onion and bring to a boil over high heat. Next, add the turkey and boil for 2 hours. 

Remove the turkey and let rest until cool enough to handle. Shred the meat and strain the soup. Return the soup to the pot and place over medium heat. Add the vermicelli and let simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Add the scallion and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
1g
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
4g
3%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
41mg
4%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
5µg
1%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
19mg
6%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
53mg
8%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
11mg
1%

Turkey Shopping Tip

Thanksgiving is not the only time to consume turkey. Now readily available year-round, be sure to take advantage of this chicken substitute.

Turkey Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.