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Crispy Turkey Skin Bacon

Crispy Turkey Skin Bacon

Turkey skins, seasoned with salt and pepper, and baked until crispy. Use like bacon!

Photography Credit:Elise Bauer

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 Skin Bacon Recipe


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


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

2 Bake: Place turkey skins in a single layer fat-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake at 375°F 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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Watch the video: How To Make A Crispy, Golden Roast Turkey (October 2021).