Crispy Turkey Bacon

Okay, so this isn’t really bacon, but it tastes like bacon and you can crumble it over twice-baked potatoes or sprinkle it over bean soup. This comes from a tip from a reader, who heard about it from Jacques Pepin. Just take leftover skin from your Thanksgiving turkey, place it fat-side down on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake until crispy. Oo la la, this is good!

Crispy Turkey Bacon Recipe



  • Turkey skins (either already cooked, or raw)
  • Salt and pepper


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1 Preheat oven to 375°F (or 350° convection).

2 Place turkey skins in a single layer fat-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until well browned and crispy (5-10 minutes if already cooked, longer if starting out raw).

3 Remove from oven, let cool to touch. Crumble and serve over salads, on soup, on twice baked potatoes, etc.

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  • KissTheChef

    Mmmmm. I’ll be doing this next week. I’m smoking a turkey tomorrow and the skin is usually a little rubbery, so I usually just toss it. I’ll bet the smoke makes it taste even more like bacon….

  • FoodWino

    Ditto on the smoking of a turkey tomorrow and then trying out this recipe! It sounds and looks wonderful – thank you!

  • jonathan

    you derive some sort of sadistic pleasure in making a grown man scavenge through his day-old garbage to retrieve turkey skin? you. had. me. at. bacon.

  • Jessica

    Unfortunately, there is no such this a leftover turkey skin at my house. It tends to be consumed before dinner even starts.

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