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Published February 27, 2013, 11:36 PM

The Great Indoors with Tracy Briggs: Nothing says ‘I love you’ like bacon roses

I’m not sure when I first started to notice that people on Facebook had gone a little nuts. Well, let’s qualify that. Some people on Facebook have always been a little nuts. But about a year ago, I began to see a really weird obsession: People posting their love of bacon.

By: Tracy Briggs, INFORUM

I’m not sure when I first started to notice that people on Facebook had gone a little nuts. Well, let’s qualify that. Some people on Facebook have always been a little nuts.

But about a year ago, I began to see a really weird obsession: People posting their love of bacon.

We’re not talking about, “yeah, it tastes pretty good with scrambled eggs.” We’re talking mind-numbing hero worship. An all-out Baconpalooza. Here are just a few examples you’ll find when you type “Bacon Mania” into Google. There are recipes for bacon milkshakes, bacon brittle, bacon popcorn, bacon chocolate chip cookies. Stores are selling bacon air freshener and bacon soda. Even Burger King was selling a bacon sundae.

So in honor of National Pig Day on Friday we wanted to get into the act and make for you the most romantic of bacon creations: bacon roses.

Basically, it’s bacon strips rolled to look like tiny roses – a great option for your bacon-loving loved ones. Unlike real flowers they won’t die, but they might raise your cholesterol.

My co-worker Josh Thomas scanned recipes all over the Internet for the easiest way to make these little delicacies. Some require you to drill holes in your favorite muffin pan. But because I care deeply for my Pampered Chef ware, I will not do that. Josh found an easier and just as delicious way to achieve the perfect bacon roses.

Bacon Roses

What you’ll need:

One package bacon, any kind

Toothpicks

Fake flowers with flowers pulled off

Mini muffin pan or regular muffin pan

Cooling rack

Parchment paper

Cookie sheet

Start by tightly rolling bacon strips. Try to make the straightest edge of the strip the bottom of the rose. With the curviest edge of the strip, it will give a more authentic look to your bacon “petals.” After rolling the bacon, secure in place with a toothpick and place in mini muffin tin. If you only have a regular muffin pan, you can place two “roses” in each cup. Once all roses are rolled, place them in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and carefully place “roses” on a cooling rack on a parchment lined cookie sheet. If you don’t take the “roses” out of the muffin cups at this point, bacon grease might overflow from the cups. Place the cookie sheet back in oven for another 10-20 minutes depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Once the bacon has cooled for a few minutes. Secure them onto the fake flower stems. Place in a vase and watch your loved ones smile and probably need a glass of water.

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