Everyone loves bacon, right?
One thing I’ve noticed since becoming active in the Crossfit and Paleo communities is that the bacon love is real.
About a month ago, I decided to get on Pinterest to see if I could find some Valentine’s day ideas for a certain Crossfit Guy I’ve been seeing. (No, I haven’t talked about him here, and yes, that’s why my Single Saturday posts stopped happening, and no, I will not be answering any questions about him yet.) Since we haven’t been dating too long, I didn’t want to go overboard for Valentine’s day, but I did want him to know that I like him.
I found this.
OMG, those are bacon roses!!! Complete with a how to! I pinned 2 different sets of instructions (follow me on Pinterest, or click on the image above for the instructions I followed), but… would they look like that if I made them? I mean, everyone knows that it’s nearly impossible for normal people to get DIY projects to look like they do on Pinterest, right?
Now my Crossfit Guy isn’t paleo, but he has followed Zone and strives for the Crossfit standard of, “meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar” method of eating. And the guy can demolish the bacon.
So that settled it. I was going to try and make him 2 dozen bacon roses for Valentine’s Day.
Not over the top.
Or… the perfect, we’ve-only-been-dating-a-couple-months Valentine’s Day gift.
My son (who, also loves bacon) was completely on board with this and helped me by taking some of the pictures.
- 2 dozen artificial roses
- Bacon (24 strips of it)
- Some pure maple syrup
- Cookie sheet
- Cooling rack
- A Vase
First, I stopped at the craft store (actually, first I stopped at the Dollar Store, but they didn’t have any artificial flowers, which blew my mind).
Well, aren’t those pretty? Wait… those aren’t manly at all!
Wait for it…
Then I got a lot of bacon.
I know everyone knows what bacon looks like, but hey, you never know!
Now, the directions in the original post I found instruct you to drill holes in the bottom of a mini muffin tin. I wasn’t going to go through all that trouble. I used a cooling rack over a cookie sheet (like in the instructions linked in the picture above). The main goal is to have the bacon grease drip away from the “roses” while they are cooking, so the bacon roses get nice and crisp.
I preheated the oven to 375 degrees.
Then the fun began. I opened one package of bacon and kept the others in the fridge. (As the bacon got to room temperature, it was harder to roll up, so I kept the other packages in the fridge until I needed them.) I got my cookie sheet with the cooling rack ready to go. And then I started rolling bacon…
After what seemed like a lifetime of rolling bacon slices…
The toothpicks were to help them stay rolled up. And they served a secondary benefit of helping to keep them from falling over too much when I placed them in the oven.
I set the timer for 30 minutes. During that time, I got out the artificial flowers and started ripping them apart!
You see, all I needed was this…
(And the stems of course). Okay now, that the pink girlie part of the flowers are gone, things are manning up!
I washed the remaining pieces and then put them in a vase.
All they need now is some bacon!
After 30 minutes in the oven, I took a cooking brush and brushed the tops of the bacon roses with this
Mmmmm. Bacon and maple syrup… Maybe I’ll just keep these for myself!
The original directions say that the bacon roses take between 30-40 minutes. However, to get them crispy, I had them in the oven for an hour.
After they were done, I took the toothpicks out and laid them on some paper towels to cool. When they were all cooled down, I started putting them on the stems.
The first thing I noticed it that they were super heavy, and the stems were having a difficult time supporting the weight of the roses. (It’s a good thing I didn’t use the really thick bacon that I usually buy!)
I got frustrated more than a couple times.
The vase was empty inside and looked ugly. Then I remembered, this is for a guy. He isn’t going to even notice the vase or whether or not anything is inside making it “pretty”. So I let that go.
Now I was just focused on making sure that the heavier roses were on the inside, so they would stay in place. After all was said and done, I was able to get 22 of the 24 roses in the bouquet.
And quite honestly, the bouquet looked pretty darn close to the original picture that caught my eye on Pinterest! Do you agree?
(Sorry for my less than elite photo taking skills. I am working on being a better iPhone photographer.)
I can tell you that the bacon roses were a hit!
And to answer the question in the title… yes, these are paleo!
Thank you Pinterest!
Have you ever made anything from Pinterest? Did it look as good (or even close) to the picture that you pinned?