My husband and I aren’t typically big Valentine’s Day people. When I say that, I don’t mean that we turn our noses up at the day or anything, even if it is over-commercialized. Sometimes we cook a special dinner at home, and sometimes we do what we are doing this time. Bought some of the boxed candies from the store that mimic the ones you can get at the movie theatre and some popcorn. We are going to order a pizza and rent movies from prime and relax on the couch with our animals.
One of the things that I do for my husband every year, though, is to make him a bouquet of bacon roses. He buys me flowers, and I make him edible flowers. They are easy to do, and you can even make them look mostly like real roses if you buy fake roses. You would want to get fake roses with a higher calyx (the green leaves that cradles the flower bud). I personally didn’t go this route this time because I didn’t have time to go out and get fake flowers for the occasion. If you do decide to, though, to prep them, you will want to remove the petals until the tip of the stem is exposed. If you can push the calyx piece down a bit to expose more of the stem, this will help hold the bacon a bit better; if not, it should be fine though.
I start by preheating my oven to 350°F (190°C), and then I line a baking sheet tin foil to make clean up easier. Normally I would collect the bacon grease for other cooking purposes, but these are going to be slightly candied with brown sugar. I cut my bacon in half though you can do this without doing that. I like to because I can then take the piece of bacon with the most meat for the inside and use the fattier side for the outer petals. I roll the first piece very tightly to create the rosebud, and then I take the second piece and roll it slightly looser around the created rosebud. Now take two toothpicks and skewer them through the bottom in a cross to help keep them together and stand up on the baking sheet.
I can set them down onto the baking sheet, I then manipulate the edges of the bacon to help make them look like rose petals as the best I can. Then I take a pinch of brown sugar and sprinkle it on top of the bacon. Rinse and repeat until you have finished setting up all of your roses. Then slide them into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until they are done to your desire. Though the more well done that you let them cook, the more they will hold their shape.
Once finished, remove them from the baking sheet and let them sit on a paper towel to absorb as much grease as it can while they cool. Once cooled carefully, remove the toothpicks and attach to the face rose stem or do what I did this time and cut down some wooden kabob sticks so that they fit into my chosen vessel; in this case, it was a glass beer mug. When it comes to the kabob sticks, I just cut them down carefully and attach the bottom of the “rose” to the pointy end, and that is it! Super simple, and it can be done in one afternoon. I usually make these on Valentine’s day while he is at work so that he can come home to them.
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this sweet and salty treat!Print
A bouquet of roses for when flowers aren’t an option!
- Thick-sliced Bacon, any flavor
- Brown sugar (optional)
- Fake roses/Wooden kebab skewers. (Optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350F (190C) and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier clean up.
- Prep your fake flowers or cut your skewers down to the desired size if you are using them.
- If you are using my method cut your bacon in half and roll the meatier piece tightly. This will serve as the inner bud of your flower. Now take the fattier piece and roll it around the first piece.
- Take two (2) toothpicks and skewer the bottom in a cross to help them stand up in the oven. No big deal if they fall over anyway that happens to some of them sometimes.
- Now, gently manipulate the outer pieces to look like rose petals. Take your time if you need to sometimes they cooperate and sometimes they need more tlc to get them to look like a rose bud.
- After all of your flowers are made sprinkle the tops with brown sugar and pop them into the oven for 30 minutes or until the desired doneness. The more well-done they are the better the shape will hold up.
- When done carefully transfer them to a paper towel to soak up the grease as they cool. Once cooled remove the toothpicks and display in the fake flower stems, kebabs, or any other method that suits you!