Valentines is just around the corner. With that in mind I have a
bit of a masculine twist on a traditional gift. Making roses out of bacon is easier than you think.
What you need: Foil, thick cut bacon, toothpicks, fake flowers
(they must have a large green base to support bacon), sheet pan, some wax paper and tissue paper (color of your choice)
It helps to prepare the flowers before you begin.
Take the fake flower bouquet, one stem usually has 5-6 buds on it. Take the fake
flower material off the stem. Leave the plastic leaf base; this is what your
bacon sits on. Now see that there is a hole in the middle. Put a toothpick in
it, does not have to be far. Just enough to stabilize the bacon a bit….otherwise
they roll right off. Do this to all the flowers. On the table Lay
down your tissue paper first, then the wax paper, then the prepped flower stems.
You are basically making the bouquet here,( everything but the
Now the fun part. Make
strips of tin foil about four inches wide, Make one strip for each piece of
bacon. Fold each strip in hot dog style to create a thicker two inch strip. Do
this to all of them.
Now, Get a bacon strip out and place it on a one end of a strip
of foil, with the white fatty side sticking out a bit from one side of the
foil. (Why? This fatty part puffs out a bit when it cooks. The foil holds the
darker part tight, this helps make a flower bud shape) Once placed on foil, roll
it up. Just as you get a bit past the half-way point of the strip of foil it
helps to start to angle the roll a bit to cause some overlap at the end of the
foil. Fold this in to hold foil in place. (See pictures) OH be sure to make a
few extra for yourself….
If bacon cooks in the grease it will be too soft to hold shape.
Elevating the bacon like this allows the grease to pool under the
Almost finished, now place
them in the oven around 350
degrees for about 35-40 min. You should be able to tell when they are done when
the bacon aroma fills your house and the rose tops look cooked.
Once they are finished take the sheet pan out and let it sit,
trust me you don’t want to mess with unraveling the bacon until it gets a chance
to cool in the foil.
One cool, Get a paper towel and begin unwrapping.
Once unwrapped Place a bacon bud on the toothpick stem base you
prepared at the beginning.
Enjoy the extra pieces you cooked for yourself.
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