Bacon Roses

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About: We spend our youth trying desperately to fit in, and then the rest of our adult life doing whatever we can to stand out in the crowd.

Flowers make a nice gift to the friend that needs a smile or for that special someone in your life. Roses are even better. But sometimes even roses don't cut it. Sometimes you need something a little more non-cliché, something...extraordinary... Sometimes, you need BACON.

Step 1: Materials

BACON - I like to use one regular pack and one thick cut pack

Rose Stems

Glass Vase

Mini Muffin Pan

Broiler Pan

Drill with bi
t (I used an 1/8" bit, but any similar size will work)

Gravel or marbles for vase (not shown)
 

Step 2: Preparing the Pans

Drill holes in the bottom of the muffin pan. This will allow the grease to drain when cooking the bacon.
Place the muffin pan on top of the broiler pan.
 

Step 3: Prepare the Rose Buds

Preheat the oven to 375degrees Fahrenheit
Open the bacon and begin tightly rolling the roses, one piece at a time. Start with the widest end of the bacon, with the fat edge down. I like to use a combination of thick and thin bacon so I end up with a variety of rose shapes.
Place all of the bacon in the muffin pans pushing down slightly to "seat" them. The bottoms will flair out a bit.
Place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes. Check in on them occasionally. Sometimes you will have to lift the rose so the grease will drain out the pan.

Step 4: Prepare the Rose Stems

While waiting for the buds to cook you can start working on the stems. I found the stems that work best can be purchased at Walmart in bunches of 7, for under a dollar each.
Pull all of the roses off from the stems.
Pull the green backing off from the rose and then separate it into individual parts.
Discard the petals and center red piece. Reassemble the remaining green parts as shown.
Put the green piece back on the stem, but force it down so that roughly 1" of the stem protrudes.
I like to tape the stems together at this point, but this is optional.
Put the stems in your vase and fill with gravel or marbles to hold them in place.
 

Step 5: Assemble and Present!

When the bacon buds are done, remove from the oven and place on paper towel to cool.
You'll now have a variety of rose buds to choose from. Pick your favorites and slide them onto the protruding stems. Arrange the roses to your liking and then present the aromatic bouquet to your favorite bacon fanatic!

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snackqueen

8 years ago on Introduction

I would just like to say, that these roses were not only beautiful, but also tasty, delicious and aromatic!!! After receiving them, I laughed (in the best possible way) every time I looked at them for the first day or two. When he gave me these, I was ecstatically happy to say the least.

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AllisonM50

2 years ago

Can you make these without drilling holes in the muffin tins?

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CarolineH63AllisonM50

Reply 4 months ago

Yes. I used toothpicks with the bacon. I placed them at the bottom in a X shape. I used a backing tray and placed baking racks on top for the grease to drop onto. They came out great!

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HaroldI2AllisonM50

Reply 4 months ago

If you're planning on doing this more than once, investing in a pan that you can put holes in is definitely worth it.

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jolynnhausAllisonM50

Reply 2 years ago

I just rolled up my bacon slice and microwaved it! Crispy & not messy!!

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LizD48AllisonM50

Reply 2 years ago

I wasn't thinking to try a wire cooking rack in a cookie sheet, and just skewer through the bottom of the "flower" with a toothpick to keep it rolled up. Solves any draining issues too!

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CarolineH63

4 months ago on Introduction

Just made these for my boyfriend for Valentines Day! They came out great!
I tied the bacon together with toothpicks and placed them on a baking rack

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kimmy511

4 years ago

So I just made these for my husband...they are adorable, and I followed the directions but the inside of the rise was still a little raw and uncooked :( I tried to not wrap them too tight so it would cook evenly. Not sure what happened.

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HaroldI2kimmy511

Reply 4 months ago

I always make a few extra as testers. Take one out and cut it open. If you think you're still not sure, try a bite. Just because it's not crispy all the way through doesn't mean that it's raw inside.

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kaptaink_cgkimmy511

Reply 4 years ago

If I had to guess, I would say it either didn't cook quite long enough,or perhaps the fat wasn't draining well enough?

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HaroldI2

4 months ago

I make these several times a year (valentines, anniversity, birthday, mother's day, etc). And I like to individually wrap each bloom with a ribbon and either a narrow favor bag / treat bag or suran wrap. This makes it easier if you are giving out single roses to a bunch of people as opposed to putting them in a bouquet.

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AGriffin94

4 months ago

I'm going to make these for Hubby this Valentine's but with a twist ... Bacon Candy!

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Swansong

2 years ago

That's hilarious and awesome :)

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jolynnhaus

2 years ago

I bet you could just dip them in melted chocolate at this point, huh?

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jolynnhaus

2 years ago

I rolled the slice like this and cooked them in the microwave. Wah Lah! Crispy & no mess.

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MinkieN

3 years ago

thanks alot for this amazing tutorial.. wow my friends couldnt believe it when I showed them. been looking for something so awesome. much appreciated