Looking for a creative way to use up all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Try this Asian Inspired Turkey Noodle Bowl! It's a brothy bowl full of noodles with turkey, lime, hot chili sauce, cilantro, green onions, and soy sauce.
Every year it gets harder and harder to be creative with the leftover turkey, doesn't it? Of course, Turkey Tetrazzini is always great and so is my Turkey, Mushroom, and Potato Soup. But if you're looking for something a bit different this year, give my Asian Inspired Turkey Noodle Bowl a try.
Now, let me say right away that this is in no way an authentic Asian recipe. Far from it. It is simply "inspired" by Asian noodle bowl recipes.
After I made my turkey stock, I simply used things I had on hand to make a noodle bowl that we all really enjoyed. Even the grands!
If you're like me, you hate to see bones go in the trash. Any bones. But especially bones from something that was roasted.
I have bags full of them in my freezer. Roasted chicken carcasses, half a turkey carcass, bones from a prime rib. Why? Stock! And stock that is so much more flavorful than anything out of a can or box.
The Joys of Homemade Stock
If you've never made homemade stock, you just don't know what you're missing! It's one of the easiest things to do and it's thrifty.
Those rotisserie chickens we all love so much? When you've finished one, toss the bones into a large bag and put it in the freezer.
When you have two or three, make stock! That's another meal or two from something you'd usually throw in the trash.
After Thanksgiving, I always like to make turkey broth. It's a simple matter of boiling up the leftover turkey carcass (or even half of it if you roasted a very large bird) with some aromatic vegetables and a few herbs. Voila! The tastiest broth you've ever had.
How to Make Asian Inspired Turkey Noodle Bowl
To get started, place all of the ingredients for the broth in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Add enough water to cover the carcass.
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 2-3 hours. Don't worry about cutting up the veggies or herbs, just toss them in.
And, by the way, if you use yellow onions and leave the skins on them, you'll get a gorgeously golden broth!
After simmering, strain the broth, discarding all solids, and return the liquid to the pan. I like to put some cheesecloth in my strainer to really catch all the small pieces of solids, but you don't have to do that. A fine meshed strainer works great.
Keep the broth at a simmer while preparing the pasta. See how pretty and rich that broth looks? It tastes just that rich, too.
Cook your choice of pasta according to the package directions.
Provide each person with a bowl of pasta, diced turkey, and hot broth. Each person can then add the remaining condiments according to their own taste.
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Asian Inspired Turkey Noodle Bowl
For the broth:
- Leftover turkey carcass
- 1 onion halved
- 1 rib celery
- Several sprigs fresh thyme
- Several sprigs fresh parsley
- 2 tsp salt
- 8 whole peppercorns
For the noodle bowls:
- 8 oz angel hair pasta or spaghetti
- 1 ½ cups diced cooked turkey
- 1 lime cut into eighths
- Fresh cilantro
- 2 green onions sliced
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Hot chili sauce
- Soy sauce
- Place all of the ingredients for the broth in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Add water to cover the carcass. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 2-3 hours.
- Strain the broth, discarding all solids, and return the liquid to the pan. Keep at a simmer while preparing the pasta.
- Prepare the pasta according to the package directions.
- Provide each diner with a bowl containing pasta, diced turkey, and hot broth. Each person can add the remaining condiments to their own taste.
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