It's day three of Thanksgiving leftovers and you're tired of turkey and cranberry sandwiches. And you've experimented all to high heaven with your waffle iron to the point that anything in waffle form is starting to sound boring. We've all been there. Thanksgiving tasted stellar the first day, great the second day, and now on day three you're ready for something new.
That's when you need to think outside the box and whip up something so savory, umami good that Thanksgiving leftovers take on a whole new meaning. It's time for leftover turkey pho.
With the help of cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, ChefSteps gives us a mouthwatering leftover Thanksgiving turkey inspired pho that breathes life back into your Thanksgiving leftovers. Of course, the real trick in creating an umami pho that's to die for, is all in the broth.
Utilize your turkey carcass and seasonal veggies, toss apples, celery, carrots, napa cabbage, cilantro, and that turkey carcass (rinse it to improve broth clarity) by adding it to a pot.
You'll want to add in toasted spices like star anise, cloves, coriander, and cinnamon, along with crushed ginger and onion for a pungent punch. Next, simmer for a little over an hour and strain out the solids with a cheesecloth - oh, and don't forget that fish sauce!
Once your homemade broth is ready, prep your rice noodles. These should only take a few minutes.
Now, it's time to build the perfect bowl of leftover Thanksgiving turkey pho. Placing your noodles and leftover turkey into the bowl, you can now dress up the bowl using fresh ingredients like red onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, a squeeze of lime, some Sriracha or hot sauce, or anything else you fancy in your favorite pho recipes, and then add in the broth.
Savory, umami, and hitting the spot, this is a Thanksgiving leftover that is sure to become a new holiday tradition. Mmmmm, Thanksgiving pho anyone?