Fresh Spring Roll with Thai Basil, Turkey and a Pho Sauce

Culinary Setting
Meal Type
1 HR
Cooking Style
Quick and Easy
Turkey Thighs


Rice Noodles

6 oz rice stick noodles,

3 tbsp kosher salt

2 tbsp sesame oil


1 lb turkey thigh meat, cut into thirds

1 tbsp kosher salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp lime zest

2 tsp lime juice

Spring Rolls

16 rice paper wrappers

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

½ c Thai basil leaves

½ bunch cilantro sprigs

½ bunch scallions, finely chopped

1 head bibb or romaine lettuce leaves, cut into thin strips

Olive oil

Pho Sauce

2 tbsp tamari

1 star anise

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp sesame oil

½ cinnamon stick

1 beef stock packet

½ c water


Cook the Noodles: Bring a pot of water to a boil, add salt and rice noodles. Turn off and let sit until tender. Drain, rinse and toss with sesame oil. Set aside.

Make the Turkey: On a sheet pan, season the turkey with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil to a hot sauté pan and sear the turkey, about 3-5 minutes each side depending on thickness. Remove the turkey from the sauté pan, and transfer to a sheet pan, and let rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the turkey against the grain, and set aside, season with lime zest and juice.

Make the Spring Rolls: Place all ingredients in bowls-including the sliced turkey, and set near a work surface. Coat the bottom of a sheet pan lightly with olive oil and set aside with a container of plastic wrap. Line cutting board with a kitchen towel. Fill a bowl with hot tap water, and dip one rice paper wrapper at a time in the water for 15 seconds. Lay on the towel. In the center of the wrapper, place a lettuce leaf, ¼ cup rice noodles, couple slices of turkey, 2 basil leaves, sprig of cilantro and a sprinkle of scallions and jalapenos. Fold the bottom half of the rice paper over the filling, holding it firmly. Fold in the sides, then tightly roll the spring roll. Place on the oiled sheet pan, cover entire pan with plastic. Continue until all spring rolls have been made, making sure to cover with plastic after each addition. Cut in half, at a bias, before serving.

Make the Sauce: Bring all ingredients to a boil. Turn off, and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain into a serving bowl, and serve alongside the spring rolls.