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Welp, I’ve found yet another way to make a meat flower! Let me introduce you to the bacon rose! Personally, I like to serve a dozen or so “as a bouquet” on a Valentine’s Day Breakfast Board, but it would also be great for Father’s Day or a birthday brunch. Here’s how…
Bacon Roses Recipe
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- 2 packages Coleman Natural Uncured Bacon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 bunch basil leaves
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Take a strip of bacon and starting at one end, roll it up tightly to form a rosette. Or, feel free to stack two strips prior to rolling for an even heftier looking rose. Watch the video tutorial below for a closer look.
- Secure the bacon rose with two toothpicks to form a cross through the spiral as close to the bottom of one end as you can.
- Space out the bacon roses on a wire rack on top of a foil lined baking sheet.
- Brush bacon roses with maple syrup then sprinkle brown sugar and cracked black pepper.
- Bake at 400 degrees until cooked all the way through. This can vary . Approximately 20-30 minutes for the single-layered bacon rose and approximately 40 minutes for the double-layered rose. See section below about cooking time.
- Remove from oven, set aside and let cool.
- Remove toothpicks carefully, making sure the roses maintain their form.
- Place two basil leaves down under each bacon roses and place onto a plate or serving board.
How to make a Bacon Bouquet Board
Brunch Board Ingredients:
- 12+ Bacon Roses (see section above)
- 10-12 eggs
- 10-12 slices bread
- 1/2 cup butter, sliced
- 1/2 cup jam
- 16 oz strawberries
- 8 oz blackberries
- 8 oz raspberries
- 4 oz pomegranate seeds
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 1 tbsp chives, chopped
- 2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
- First, Take your bacon roses and gather them together on a salad plate. Add basil leaves around the perimeter to make it look like a bouquet. This is going to be the center of your board and everything else will be built around it.
- Next, start adding your ingredients in small bowls around the edge of your round board. I love using heart bowls (a cheaper heart bowl here) and heart ramekins for a festive touch. Use the bigger bowls for fruit like berries and the smaller ramekins for jam and small scale fruit like pomegranate seeds. You can certainly also lay some fruit directly onto the board (like I did with the oranges and blackberries).
- Place your warm ingredients like eggs last. I did one batch with chives on top and one with parmigiano reggiano. I generally like to have dairy and non-dairy options available.
- Finally, add toast using heart cookie cutters. To make, first cut the bread with the cookie cutter, then toast. This way is much cleaner (i.e. less crumbs).
How long until bacon is cooked through?
As I mentioned above, you want to make sure the bacon is cooked all the way through. Because the bacon is essentially squished together, it takes longer than a piece of flat bacon. And more time for the double roll of bacon. I provided a range of 20-40 degrees at 400 to account for variations, but be the judge and cook longer as necessary.
It’s possible that the under layer or middle looks less cooked. If that’s the case, turn bacon over and cook for longer. Additionally, you could consider pan frying the bottom layer to ensure it’s cooked through.
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Bacon Rose Brunch Board
- I used 30 slices of bacon in photo to create 18 roses (big and small). To create a dozen roses, you can either use 12 slices for single slice roses or double up on each rose for a total of 24 pieces of bacon
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 bunch Basil Leaves
Bacon Rose Brunch Board Ingredients
- 12+ Bacon Roses
- 10-12 Eggs (divided into two serving bowls; one topped with chives and one topped with Parmigiano Reggiano)
- 10-12 Pieces of Toast
- 1/2 cup Butter, sliced for serving
- 1/2 cup Jam
- 16 oz Strawberries
- 8 oz Blackberries
- 8 oz Raspberries
- 4 oz Pomegranate Seeds
- 2 Oranges, sliced
- 1 tbsp Chives
- 2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, on top of eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Take a strip of bacon, and starting at one end, roll it up tightly to form a rosette. Feel free to add another bacon strip layer for an even heftier looking rose. You’ll find both single strip and double strip roses on my board
- Secure the bacon rose with two toothpicks to form a cross (as close to the bottom of one end as you can)
- Space out the bacon roses on a wire rack on top of a foil lined baking sheet Brush bacon roses with maple syrup then sprinkle brown sugar and cracked black pepper
- Bake at 400 degrees until bacon is cooked all the way through (top & bottom). Approx. 20-30 minutes for single-layered bacon rose and approx. 40 for the double-layered roses. If for some reason your bottom is not getting as done as your top, feel free to turn over or finish them off in a frying pan.
- Set aside and let cool
- Remove toothpicks
- Arrange bacon roses on a round salad platter to form a “bouquet” and place it in the center of your serving board
- Grab basil leaves from the refrigeratorPlace basil leaves under each bacon rose on the outside of the bouquet
- Surround with your favorite breakfast items like scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, toast & jam