Thursday, January 8, 2015

Duck Pho Soup

Husband and I became accidental foodies and from scratch cooks after checking out our local international grocery stores in an attempt to lower our grocery budget. 

We still regularly try what Miss 1 of 10 calls, “weird food.” Although many married years later we do it more for fun than to streeeeeeetch our (thankfully) no longer newlywed budget.

Today I’m doing it to celebrate National Soup Month and help all of you Ohio State Buckeye and Oregon Ducks fans celebrate the National Championship Game with a nice, hot bowl of duck soup.
The lazy way and for less money of course.

 duck soup

Pho (pronounced “fuh”) a clear Vietnamese soup made with bone broth and features chunks of meat as a condiment and to compliment the vegetables in the soup.

Instead of using a duck carcass to make pho for our Big Game pot luck since whole ducks are in short supply in Columbus, *I can’t imagine why… *sarcasm*.  I’m going to help you keep the cost down and the weird food factor up by making duck feet soup. Don’t click away, hear me out! You guests won’t even know unless you tell them.

Duck (and chicken feet for that matter) make the most flavorful bone broth for less money. Most stores practically give poultry feet away for super cheap because, let’s be honest here, some folks get weirded out looking at poultry feet (including Husband.) 

duck feet
This package of duck feet cost less than $2.00. I made a big pot of pho and had 8 cups of duck bone broth left over. Good thing duck broth freezes well!

The thing with this duck feet soup is your guests will taste yummy duck without looking at a duck foot poking out of their soup bowl.

You use the duck feet to make a bone broth. Then you remove the feet and stock spices from the pot before you finish the easy soup and noodle part of the recipe.  Some people will sauté and slice duck meat (don’t use the bone broth meat is too tough) in a separate pan and add it to the finished soup but that is optional.

 duck feet pho soup
See? Not weird looking just a nice, pretty bowl of clear broth soup.

I use Hunter. Angler. Gardner. Cook ‘s Duck Pho recipe but with a few minor changes. Instead of babysitting the duck stock on the stove for several hours, I take the lazy way out and make crockpot duck bone broth. I’d rather put that time to better use risking a reparative stress injury petting Lacey.

 Lacey in desk chair
I’m not letting Lisa out of her desk chair until she gives me all of that duck!

I also switch the noodles to rice noodles since I usually have rice noodles in the pantry instead of buckwheat or soba noodles.

My plan is to keep the finished duck soup warm in the slow cooker during the game and let guests customize their soup from a mini Asian condiment bar with cilantro, hot sauce, jalapenos, bean sprouts, fish sauce, and hoisin sauce.

Then next part of the plan is to watch the Bucks beat the Ducks! Go OSU Buckeyes!

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