Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Thinking of buying flowers or chocolates for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Roses and bonbons are classics for good reason, but consider a more savory idea. Something you know your spouse really wants.
Yes, I’m talking about bacon.
Back in September I was the most popular girl in the office (and on my Facebook feed) after I received a bacon bouquet from Smithfield. At first glance it looked just like a bunch of long-stemmed roses. But after a closer look—and sniff—the flowers turned out to be little bundles of porky goodness.
Smithfield has kindly shared bouquet-making instructions with us. If you’re feeling crafty, this is one Valentine’s Day gift I suspect most husbands (and, heck, most wives) will swoon for.
Valenswine’s Day Bacon Bouquet
Makes 12 Roses
1 Package of Smithfield Thick Cut Bacon
12 Rose Stems
1 Mini Muffin Pan
1 Drill with bit (1/8” suggested)
1 Broiler Pan
1 Glass Vase
STEP 1: Prepare your pan
Drill holes into the bottom of the mini muffin pan. These holes will allow the bacon drippings to drain while the bacon cooks. Place mini muffin pan on top of broiler pan.
STEP 2: Prepare your bacon rose buds
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Open pack of Smithfield Thick Cut Bacon and tightly roll the individual rose buds, one slice at a time.
Place all bacon rose buds into the mini muffin pan. Slightly push the bacon rose buds down for added support.
Place bacon rose buds, muffin pan, and broiler pan in the oven and bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Check on the bacon rose buds occasionally.
STEP 3: Prepare your rose stems
While waiting for your bacon rose buds to cook, pull all roses off their stems.
Typical components of a faux flower include a rose stem, green leaves, a green cap, and petals. Discard all flower petals, and with only green components remaining, reassemble.
STEP 4: Assemble your bacon roses
When bacon rose buds are fully cooked, remove from oven and place on paper towel to cool.
Pick your best looking rose buds and carefully slide them onto the protruding stems.
Arrange roses in a glass vase to your liking.
STEP 5: Present & enjoy!
Share the deliciousness with someone you love.
Not in the mood for bacon? Find recipes for more traditional, no-pork-added treats.
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