Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Bouquet Of Bacon Roses

These bacon roses are so great! You can't exactly surprise someone with them, as the smell of bacon does tend to be pretty prominent while you're baking these. 

But, you could definitely surprise someone when they got home from work with these for Valentine's Day!
Here is how you make them. They're pretty easy!
Long skewers, green florist's tape, wired leaves, 1 package of thin cut bacon, waxed butcher paper (optional - to wrap bouquet), scissors, and toothpicks. (Also, a baking tray covered in foil and a wire rack to bake the roses on. I used the one from my toaster oven).
1.) Preheat oven to 350* F. Spray non-stick spray onto your wire rack. Place rack onto your foil lined baking sheet.
2.) Using a cutting board as your work surface, roll each piece of bacon into a "rose" shape and insert two toothpicks to hold the spiral in place. I use rubber gloves for this part! Roll the roses so the white, more fatty part is downward. Secure with 2 toothpicks.
3.) Place each bacon "rose" onto the wire rack and bake for 25-30 minutes. 
4.) While the roses are baking, grab your skewers, green florist's tape, and scissors. Wrap each skewer with the tape, beginning at the pointy end. At first, wrap the tape around a few times and press to secure onto skewer. Then, at more of a diagonal, run tape the rest of the way down the skewer. Rip off the tape at the end of each stick, and use fingers to secure any loose ends. Repeat as many times are you have bacon slices.
NOW, add the leaves to the sticks by winding the wires around skewers and securing tightly.
5.) Carefully remove the bacon roses from the oven, making sure not to spill any grease. Let them sit until they are almost cooled. This won't take long. 
6.) Put your gloves on again, carefully remove the toothpicks, and stick each leafy skewer stick so the pointy end does not show.
That's it! You're done. And you have a beautiful bouquet of Bacon Roses. Aren't they amazing?!
To eat them, just use a fork to remove the bacon roses from the stems, and serve on a plate. 

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