Firstly, let me apologize for not posting this before Valentine’s Day. I couldn’t very well make it in advance since I was giving it to my husband. I had to wait till he was at work today, otherwise the telltale aroma of bacon filling our house would have given it away. Plus, he reads my blog. If you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day till the weekend, I’ve still got you covered. Otherwise, why not Pin this now and you’ll have it ready for next Valentine’s Day, or for Father’s Day, or for that special someone’s birthday?
I can’t take full credit for this ingenious idea. I came across the idea for a bacon bouquet on Pinterest. Here’s the original, for those interested. I loved the idea of bacon roses. I just didn’t love the idea of drilling holes in my muffin pan. My method is much quicker, safer, and doesn’t require the defacing of precious bakeware.
I used a beer koozie as the vase for my bouquet because my husband collects them. Beer and bacon are like the testosterone-filled equivalent of flowers and chocolates in this household. You could always use an actual vase.
Lastly, pardon the copious amount of photos. I have a bit of a love affair with bacon.
- 12 slices of bacon, thick or thin cut or any combination of the two
- 12 toothpicks
- A baking sheet fitted with a cooling rack
- 12 wooden or bamboo kabob skewers
- A green food coloring pen
- Green construction paper
- Something for the "vase" such as a beer koozie
- Preheat your oven to 375ºF. Use the convection setting if you have it.
- Place a metal cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
- Roll up each strip of bacon so it resembles a rose. Secure with a toothpick.
- Arrange bacon roses on cooling rack with the fattier side on the bottom. Push down on them a bit if necessary so they don't wobble. The toothpick can also double as a kick stand.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until well cooked. Be careful not to burn your roses, but you do want them to get pretty crisp on the outside.
- While the roses cook you can prepare the stems. Using a food coloring pen, color the kabob skewers green. Cut them to length if necessary, or just leave them "long stemmed."
- Cut leaves out of construction paper and glue to the stems, leaving enough room for the bacon to fit at the pointy end. Folding the paper in half first helps you get that symmetrical look and adds a nice crease to the leaves. Allow enough time for the glue to dry before moving on to the final assembly.
- Let the bacon to cool enough to handle. Remove the toothpick. Giving them a little twist as you pull them out helps prevent damage to your roses.
- Impale the roses on your finished stems. Arrange in whatever receptacle you've decided to use for a vase.
- Give to a loved one and enjoy the praise.