The Princess Cupcake was invited to a New Year’s Eve party at her bestest boy friend’s house and we couldn’t show up empty handed now could we?!
And what better to bring to the host, a self-proclaimed bacon lover, than cholesterol disguised as a bouquet of flowers? So well disguised that “Coach John” didn’t even recognize that these bacon roses were his favorite food! And the aroma…ahhh….
But once he realized this culinary wonder, he gave this little bit of pork goodness a try. “Wow, that’s a lot of bacon in one bite! Awesome!”
Here’s what you need to impress the bacon lover in your life – just in time for Valentine’s Day!
- Mini muffin pan that you are willing to sacrifice in the name of bacon roses (the Cupcake and I used our JoAnn coupon to get a new mini muffin tin solely dedicated to bacon bouquets)
- Power drill with 1/8” bit (this just gets better and better!)
- Fake flowers (roses) – two bunches at least. However many flowers are on it, that’s how many bacon roses it will accommodate.
- Broiler pan
- Aluminum foil (optional)
- Cooking spray (optional)
- Paper towels
Here’s what you do:
Take your drill (gotta love a recipe that you get to use power tools with too) and make a hole in the center of each muffin spot on your muffin tin. This is not as hard as you might think. My hubs was otherwise occupied with a touch of the crud and spent the day on the sofa. Even though I didn’t anticipate it, I did this part myself and it was pretty easy.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray your muffin tin and broiler top with cooking spray. You don’t have to do this but I think it helps with clean-up.
Line the bottom of your broiler pan with aluminum foil. Again, optional, but it was nice to be able to just roll up most of the grease once it had solidified and throw it away.
Open your bacon package and take out a strip. Roll it up tightly and put the roll into a muffin spot. Press down a little so it sits securely.
Repeat until you have all your “buds” ready to bake.
Put the muffin pan on top of the broiler and put both in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes.
Check a few times and with your fork, carefully (so you don’t burn yourself) lift the bacon rose to allow the grease to drip through the hole in the muffin tin to the broiler. You’ll hear lots of sizzling.
While your bacon roses are baking, disassemble – carefully – your flower stems. The Cupcake did this part. Pull the flowers off the top, and the green parts off the wire stem. Keep everything except the petals. Give those to the mini-me to play wedding with. You’re going to use the rest of the flower parts to reassemble your bacon bouquet.
Put the flower back together with the parts except the petals. Leave about an inch or so of the wire stem sticking out. Our flowers had an extra little plastic basket to hold the petals but you don’t need that part. I think you can buy any kind of cheap flowers – dollar store variety, whatever. You just want it to make sure it has the leaf thing at the bottom of each bud.
I taped my two bunches together at this point, just to give them some more stability – I would be driving with these and didn’t want them to flop around too much. I also put some crinklies into the bottom of the vase. You can use marbles or nothing at all. And I tied a tulle bow to the outside. It was a little small but it was the last of my tulle and I had to stretch it.
I checked on my baking bacon roses at 35 minutes and let them bake just a little longer. When the bacon roses looked like they were just a bit brown on top, I took them out.
Put the bacon roses onto a paper towel to cool and soak off any excess grease.
When they are cool, skewer the bacon roses – one onto each stem.
Check out the aroma of your lovely bacon bouquet!
Adapted from Instructables Bacon Roses