Bacon roses are a tasty little gesture to show your Valentine – or yourself – some love.
Making a bouquet or “garden” of bacon wrapped roses is easy. This bacon roses recipe is very simple and easy with only three ingredients – brown sugar, cayenne pepper and, of course, bacon. The bacon becomes candied with the brown sugar glaze and has a little extra kick with the ground red pepper.
To make any bacon wrapped roses, simply roll up strips of bacon, secure them with toothpicks then bake in the oven. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until desired crispiness.
However, you can improve your bacon roses with a few more steps. First, make a couple twists as you finish rolling them up. That way, you can create a petal-like shape and make the roses look a little more real.
The second step to making bacon roses is to start with the hooked side of the bacon. So you roll up the hook so that it’s in the middle, making a nice little bud in the center of the bacon rose.
Also, you can use a combination of think and thin bacon to get some variety in your rose sizes and shapes.
Finally, try glazing the bacon wrapped roses by dusting them with brown sugar (and cayenne for a bit of spice) or with a maple syrup. Cook for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees, basically until the florets are a dark red with crispy edges.
The result is a candy coated flowers for your bacon bouquet. DIY bacon roses are an ideal gift for many men, or anyone.
You can make simple changes to this recipe to make turkey bacon roses (by substituting turkey bacon for traditional) or jerky bacon roses (by using store-bought bacon jerky).
Bacon Rose Bouquet
- Baking Pan
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 6 Slices Bacon
- Cayenne Pepper
- Preheat over to 400 degrees.
- Dust the bacon strips in brown sugar
- Roll each piece of bacon into a rose. Start rolling with the hook of the bacon on the inside. Toward the end of rolling, make a few small twists to create a rose-like look.
- Secure the rolled bacon with one or two toothpicks. Repeat for each slice.
- Sprinkle each bacon rosette with a light dusting of cayenne pepper.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Optional: Dip the bottom of the cooled bacon roses in chocolate and cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
How to Use Bacon Roses
One popular way to use bacon roses is to eat them right away! But you can garnish them to create the appearance of a bouquet.
First, you can put take fake roses, remove the flowers and use the stems on your bacon roses. That way, they form a sort of bacon rose bouquet.
Another way to use your bacon roses is to place a couple bacon roses on a breakfast plate as garnish. This is simple and easy way to serve a side of bacon in a playful and decorative ways.
For a beautiful plating, use cooked asparagus as a stem for your bacon rose. Or, make some candied limes and garnish the candied bacon roses with them as if they were leaves.
Finally, you can dip your bacon roses in chocolate for an added twist. using chocolate dipped bacon roses.
There are countless creative ways to serve candied bacon roses. Bacon roses are often used as an excellent gift for men who are difficult to shop for on Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day, but anyone could appreciate this unique flavorful treat at any time of year.
What Is a Bacon Bouquet?
A bacon bouquet is a collection of bacon roses, or candied bacon roses, often arranged together using artificial stems. Instead of actual flowers, the bouquet is made from rolled up pieces of bacon, often candied bacon. Stems are typically artificial rose stems. For plating, asparagus can be used for stems.
To make the roses with bacon, roll up slices of bacon, starting with the larger side. Twist a few times before finishing the roll and then secure with a toothpick. To make the bacon roses candied, dust with brown sugar or brush with maple syrup for a glaze. Then, bake at 400 degree for about 25 minutes.
How to Make Chocolate-Dipped Bacon Roses
To make chocolate-dipped bacon roses, start by making basic candied roses by rolling up slices of bacon and securing with a toothpick. Coat bacon slices with maple syrup or light brown sugar (optional black pepper or cayenne) for a candied glaze, the bake in the oven for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
As you let your candied bacon roses or maple bacon roses cool for at least 15 minutes, begin to melt chocolate for dipping. Dip each bacon flower into the melted chocolate, coating from the bottom to about halfway up, and then place the flower on a wire rack. Cool for about 10 minutes.
Rose Shaped Bacon
For the perfect DIY rose shaped bacon, start rolling a slice of bacon from the thicker side, or the side of the bacon that make a bit of a hook. Roll the bacon about halfway. Then, gently twist the slices a couple times and continue rolling. The twist creates a more natural looking rose shape.
Finally, secure the florets with a toothpick before cooking in the oven until the rose shapes are a deep red with crispy edges.
Bacon Bouquet DIY
If you don’t want to buy a bacon bouquet, you can easily make one with a DIY recipe. To make your own, first roll up slices of bacon and pin them with toothpicks. Cook in the oven until your desired crispiness (about 25 minutes at 400 degrees.) Then use artificial stems from fake roses after removing the flowers. Secure the stems into the bottom of the bacon roses.
You can use other items for stems, such as pretzel rods or wooden skewers. Try decorating your bacon bouquet DIY by wrapping a ribbon around the stems or arranging them in a vase with varying heights.
A few tips for DIY-ing a bacon bouquet. First, consider glazing your bacon with light brown sugar or maple syrup before cooking the roses. Second, try using a mix of thick and thin bacon to add variety to the flower arrangement.
Bacon Jerky Roses
Bacon jerky roses are roses made out of bacon jerky, which is typically smoked and dehydrated. You can make a DIY bacon jerky bouquet for a gift by rolling the jerky slices into flower shapes, starting with the thicker end. Look for jerky that is large and thin so you can shape it into petals for the roses.