Pan-Fried Turkey Livers with Bacon and Onions

  • Serves

    serves 4

Turkey is the name of the game at the Strongbow Inn, a former turkey farm in Valparaiso, Indiana. ("Chicken is a bad word around here," says Barb Raschke, the manager.) The restaurant features specialties like turkey pie and an ethereal homemade turkey noodle soup.


  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 1 red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 12 strips bacon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 14 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 4 turkey livers (about 10 oz.), rinsed and thinly sliced horizontally
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a 10" skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer bacon to paper towel–lined plate to let drain. Set aside.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tsp. salt, 1⁄4 tsp. pepper, flour, paprika, and nutmeg. Dredge the liver slices in the flour mixture and shake off excess.

Step 4

Heat 3 tbsp. of the butter in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat until butter begins to foam. Working in batches, place liver slices in skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Wipe out skillet and repeat with remaining butter and liver. Serve liver strewn with the reserved onions and garnished with the reserved bacon.

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