Bacon-Rose Bouquet

 In Breakfast & Brunch, Comfort Food, Date Night, Paleo, Pork, Under 1 Hour, Valentines Day

I’ve always had a thing for Valentine’s Day. The idea of people doing sweet things for each other just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Kind of like the feeling you get when the waiter is bringing your food at the restaurant. One of the Chefs I work with told me a story about his wife showing up at his restaurant with a bouquet of bacon roses and how he almost cried and I thought if that wasn’t the most brilliant idea since sliced bread, well.. It just is.

So on a chilly, grey afternoon I went to the grocery store and bought a pack of bacon. And some sandwich things because sliced bread still rules. I stopped by the Dollar Tree on my way back home and spent a suspicious amount of time pulling on the fake flowers while the cashier looked on disinterestedly. I doubt she would have stopped me had I grabbed my $3.99 bouquet and ran but my goal was to determine which ones we’re super-glued on and which ones would make a good stem for bacon. That was actually the most difficult part of the whole process.

Fake flowers and bacon in hand I arrived home and began rolling the bacon into roses and toothpicking it with multi-colored toothpicks (my first mistake). Tony was delighted with the idea and hovered around, shooting photo’s and rolling a few roses which I promptly and politely re-rolled.

Finally, the roses were done. They were so pretty! Except the blue toothpicks had leaked their dye into some of the roses, but I didn’t really care. I grabbed my stems which I had previously ripped all the pink flowers from, placed them in a mason jar full of water and began sticking the roses on. It looked amazing. Right up until half the bacon was on and it became top heavy and fell over spilling water and bacon roses everywhere. I picked it back up, found a sweet potato and with Tony’s help, drove the bouquet stems into the potato. This acted as a sufficient weight and held the bouquet nicely. We posed, took photo’s and we’re feeling so much in the mood that Tony picked me up, swung me around and my feet knocked the whole jar of roses right off the counter.

I am not ashamed to say we dusted the roses off and ate them anyways. But our klutziness aside, this bacon rose bouquet is a simple, sweet gesture for anyone who has a carnivorous lover and I would love for you to make it for that special someone this Valentine’s Day. Just don’t use blue toothpicks and maybe buy some marbles at the Dollar Tree to use as a weight.

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Bacon-Rose Bouquet

Difficulty: Easy (So Easy Your Boyfriend Can Do It)

Yield: 1 Dozen Bacon Roses
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

  • 12 Pieces of your favorite Bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 2 Fake Flower Bouquet with 6 stems each or one with 12 stems

Directions:

Click on photos below for picture tutorial.

The flower stems will work best is you select ones that are not glued on and that have a small base of leaves for the bacon rose to rest in. The small base of leaves slid up and down the stem a little on mine which was perfect, I slid it down and stuck the rose on the protruding stem.

Preheat your oven to 350. Line a sheet pan with foil and place a cooling rack on top so the bacon grease can drip through. Roll the bacon one piece at a time starting with the fat end. You want to roll it very tightly when you first start out otherwise you’ll have a big hole in the center that will be too large for the rose stem.

If the bacon has a fatty edge, make sure that edge is the bottom of the flower so the top can get nice and crispy.

Once your flower is rolled out, put a toothpick through the middle making sure you secure the loose bacon end. Put another toothpick the other direction making an X so the rose will sit upright on the pan to bake. Trim off any excess bacon so the bottom is flat. You can save the scraps for a later dish.

Repeat until you have 12 roses. Bake for 10 minutes and check to see if any of the roses are coming undone. Secure with more toothpicks if necessary and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Baste the roses with maple syrup or honey and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. The roses will be slightly crispy on the outside and very soft on the inside.

Once they’re cool, remove the toothpicks trying not to unravel the roses. Place the roses on your stems, arranging as you go so nothing comes unraveled. Present to your lover, have a good laugh and then eat the roses! Enjoy!

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Cooling Rack
  • Sheet Pan
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Toothpicks

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Recipe:

Bacon-Rose Bouquet

Difficulty: Easy (So Easy Your Boyfriend Can Do It)

Yield: 1 Dozen Bacon Roses
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

  • 12 Pieces of your favorite Bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 2 Fake Flower Bouquet with 6 stems each or one with 12 stems

Directions:

Click on photos below for picture tutorial.

The flower stems will work best is you select ones that are not glued on and that have a small base of leaves for the bacon rose to rest in. The small base of leaves slid up and down the stem a little on mine which was perfect, I slid it down and stuck the rose on the protruding stem.

Preheat your oven to 350. Line a sheet pan with foil and place a cooling rack on top so the bacon grease can drip through. Roll the bacon one piece at a time starting with the fat end. You want to roll it very tightly when you first start out otherwise you’ll have a big hole in the center that will be too large for the rose stem.

If the bacon has a fatty edge, make sure that edge is the bottom of the flower so the top can get nice and crispy.

Once your flower is rolled out, put a toothpick through the middle making sure you secure the loose bacon end. Put another toothpick the other direction making an X so the rose will sit upright on the pan to bake. Trim off any excess bacon so the bottom is flat. You can save the scraps for a later dish.

Repeat until you have 12 roses. Bake for 10 minutes and check to see if any of the roses are coming undone. Secure with more toothpicks if necessary and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Baste the roses with maple syrup or honey and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. The roses will be slightly crispy on the outside and very soft on the inside.

Once they’re cool, remove the toothpicks trying not to unravel the roses. Place the roses on your stems, arranging as you go so nothing comes unraveled. Present to your lover, have a good laugh and then eat the roses! Enjoy!

Tools You'll Need

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Cooling Rack
  • Sheet Pan
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Toothpicks

We keep Cleaver Cooking in business through affiliate links that you see here and we get a small percentage when you purchase an item through our links.
We do our best to recommend quality products but please note that not all products have been tested and we can’t guarantee your satisfaction.
If you already own similar items feel free to use those tools instead.

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Bacon-Rose Bouquet Makes 12 Roses 12 Pieces of your favorite Bacon 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or Honey 2 Fake Flower Bouquet with 6 stems each or one with 12 stems
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  • Shelly Campbell
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    Great job! I discovered the dark side of using colored toothpicks by experience as well.

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