This past Valentine’s Day, a few friends and I decided to attempt the notorious bacon bouquet to surprise our boyfriends. We were expecting the worst, but the bacon bouquets turned out surprisingly well. The recipe from Our Best Bites was straightforward and simple, but here are a few pointers (learned from experience) in case you wanted to give it a try next year!
- I’d suggest buying two bouquets to make one – we felt that one wasn’t big enough for all of the bacon we wanted to add.
- Get creative with your bacon recipes! We brushed several pieces with maple syrup before rolling them up, and we dipped the others in pepper for an added kick.
- Keep the oven at about 375° F. And be patient – the bacon can take anywhere from 30-50 minutes to cook. Just make sure to keep an eye on it!
- Remember to allow several hours for the whole process. We made several batches of bacon, and it takes time to unassemble (and then re-assemble) the fake flowers.
- If you are making the bouquet the night before, store the cooked bacon “roses” in a tupperware container in your fridge to keep them fresh. In the morning, you can easily reheat them and then add to the bouquet.
- Don’t forget a vase to hold the bouquet!
Here are a few pics from our bacon-making session. Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!
Brushing maple syrup onto the insides of the bacon roses – so delicious!
The bacon roses before baking them. Just a word of warning – this kind of baking tray didn’t work as well as the baking rack that was used in the Our Best Bites instructions linked to above.