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My mother used to make miniature dough roses when I was a child, using flour and Elmer's glue if I recall . She was an artist at heart. I decided to try my hand at making a bacon rose "for the bacon contest" using my mom's dough rose method. They turned out better than I had expected. These roses could be a unique thing to do this time of year with Easter, Mother's day, and summer just around the corner. I am not an artist, although I am creative. I rely on methods like these when I can't draw or shape things like roses. So if you are like I am, this instructable might interest you. Follow through and I will show you how to make a beautiful bacon rose potato to use as a garnish or side dish.

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

Ingredients:

Large potato ( I think almost any kind will work.)
Seasonings fresh dried or both
Bacon
Butter
Food coloring (optional)
Cheese (optional)

 
Basic utensils and :
Microwave
Oven
Cookie sheet 
Muffin pan
Cutting board
Cupcake baking cups
Tooth picks
 

Step 2: Preparing the Potato

Wash the potato.
Slice into thin slices.
Cut out leaves.

Step 3: Coloring

I wanted to add color to the rose so I used food coloring. I thought the leaves were pretty enough without coloring the bacon and the potato but I did both so you can make your rose the way you like it. I tried to color the potato's in colored water but they did not turn out very well, so instead  I put a dot of food coloring on a plate and used my finger to color the bacon, leaves and potato. The next time I make these I will just color the leaves. I think the leaves will be enough color to compliment the rose.

 

Step 4: Assembly

I tried boiling the colored potato in water to soften it. It did not work very well. I then tried to microwave it thinking my idea was not going to work and to my surprise it was perfect!

Microwave the potato slices for 1 minute in the microwave, if it is not soft enough to roll then add a few seconds and try again. 
Arrange the potatoes like the picture.
Season with spices and cheese, garlic or whatever you like. 

Step 5: Roll

Roll the potato's like the picture.
Secure with toothpicks.
Slightly pull the petals to shape the rose.
Place the rose in a baking cup.
Then put it in a muffin pan.
 

Step 6: Bake

Bake at 350 Degrees F for about 20 minutes.
Check to see how the rose is forming and adjust as needed.
Estimate how much longer to bake and bake until done, usually 25- 30 minutes.
Top with butter or cheese optional.
Place the leaves on the cookie sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes, watching closely as not to burn.

 

Step 7: Add Leaves

Remove the baking cup and place the potato in a new baking cup and remove the tooth picks if you can, otherwise leave them there but be sure to tell your guest to be careful,  optional and serve on a plate.
Arrange the baked leaves around the rose.
Season how ever you like and serve.
 

Step 8: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

The contests challenges us to think outside the box. I will be making these different ways using the purple and gold potato's! I think they would be very pretty! I am not sure how the smaller potato's will work though.  I think they would taste good with sweet potato and a maple syrup! I enjoy playing with food to create something that is pretty on a plate. It is my way of being artistic like my mother. She painted with oils and I play with food!

I wish to thank instructables, our sponsors, authors, and readers for making this a great place to share! thanks for stopping by and do have a scrumptious day!

sunshiine
<p>well Sunshine, you really have a winner here. These roses are so lovely and eatable, how could they fail to amuse and satisfy! Thank you so much for sharing! Janny g</p>
Wow, thanks so much. I enjoyed making them. Thank you for stopping by and commenting~ Have a beautiful week~<br>sunshiine
Awesome!
Sunshiine, you are so uplifting and happy! Reading your cheerful comments has put a smile in my heart today.
Is that your cat dipping into the margarita salt? (profile pic)
That is a miniature Pomeranian dog. She was such a joy to have around. I had her for 11 years and she had a heart murmur all those years but I had to let her go last November!
I'm glad you've honored her with a profile pic!
Thanks! I think cats are much easier to care for but Desi adopted me! She was my dog just mine. I have no idea why she loved me so much. She was such a good girl. I seriously doubt I will ever have a dog as good as she was again. My husband has a great dog and he is my husbands loyal dog. Such a character.He is a Schnauzer.
I have all the ingredients so this is on my &quot;to do&quot; list today. They look spectacular!
Thanks! I hope you liked them as much as we do! Have a great evening! <br>sunshiine
Beautiful creation of a most sinful combination. Your Photos are through the roof fantastic girl.
I think these would work nicely flavored with your chef's touch! Thanks fantastic guy! I have missed you! Happy to see your kicking! <br>sunshiine
Wonderful!!!! <br> <br>These would make a lovely garnish for special occasions!
They certainly do! I like to make garnishes because they look so pretty on a plate!Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a terrific day! <br>Sunshiine
What a great idea! I will try it!! Thank you and have a wonderful day!
You will enjoy it, I am sure! Thanks for the nice comment and I did have a wonderful day! I hope you did also! <br>sunshiine
Cant get better than this! Taters'n'bacon MMmmm
Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
You seem to have a way with potatoes, Sunshiine. These are gorgeous. Well done! <br> <br>Just between us, I haven't had potato for 2 years. No kidding. Next shopping trip, I'll buy a bag. You made me do it.
My hubby is tall and thin so he does not have to worry about weight!
One more thought. Maybe a sprinkle of paprika or tomato powder would put the blush on the rose you want.
I will do that next time I make them. I make them different every time, depending on what I have available but this is our favorite combination. Thanks again for sharing! <br>sunshiine
Awesome! My husband loves potato's and he thinks they should be available at least for lunch and dinner. I love this recipe because it taste so good with such little effort. I do the shape for me! Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
Beautiful!!!! Great job!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a splendid day!
Ahh, yummy and beautiful :D
Thanks Penolopy! You must try them, as I recall you like to make easy, tasty meals and you can't go wrong with these! I hope your day is filled with everything wonderful! <br>sunshiine
These are beautiful and would be fun to serve. What a wonderful treat!
They were much better in real life than what the pictures show. They were good and so fun to make. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I am sure you have something cooking and I can't wait to see what it will be!
that looks so cool! I'm sure its tasty too! =)
Potato's are the best comfort food ever! Thanks for stopping by and commenting LILLIAN-R and do have a great day! <br>sunshiine
Absolutely delicious! :-)
They were! Snaked them up tonight! Sorry I did not know you were going to visit or I would have saved you one! Have a pleasant evening! <br>sunshiine

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