Bacon Roses – Homecooking Wreckventure

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you are like me, food is better than flowers! (I do like flowers, but who’s to say no to edible flowers?) Now bacon roses are pretty awesome, but having to chow through purely bacon isn’t my thing. Apple tart roses have been floating around the internet for awhile now, why not meat? It holds a similar shape, it could work!

So I got to working.

 

 

Well, Hungarian Salami was on sale, and it is round, so why not? I think the mistake here was the Kraft Singles. Once cooled slightly, it had a slight powdery texture. DO NOT USE plastic cheese if you you are planning to set it aside for awhile! Warm out of the oven is great, but not after 30mins.

On the other hand, they look very pretty. The melted cheese pushed the meat aside creating the “petal effect” look to this dish.

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These are the ingredients I used:

  • Frozen puff pastry sheet (Each sheet makes 6)
  • Packet of bacon (best to use streaky bacon) or other cured meat of your choice
  • Mozzarella (or any cheese that melts well)

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Step 1: Prepare a muffin tray, spray/oil the base. Set aside.

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Step 2: Divide defrosted puff pastry into 6 equal strips. (It only takes a couple of mins for a full frozen puff pastry sheet to defrost. If you find the edges a little dried up, trim them off 1st)

Step 3: Gently stretch the puff pastry to double the original length. Lay bacon (or other cured meat) across the puff pastry, leaving a 1/2cm gap from the bottom.

Step 4: Sprinkle cheese on the bottom and  fold pastry over to keep meat and cheese in. Start the roll by gathering some cheese right at the start, then keep rolling. I found it easier to to work with a bowl of cheese on the side, and keep adding cheese while rolling it up.

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Put rolls in prepared muffin tray

Step 5: Put the rolls into the muffin tray. Top with more cheese if desired. Brush pastry with milk

Step 6: Bake at 180c for 14-16 mins till golden.

(Notes: From top left – That is sliced spicy chorizo (I ran out of bacon). Below that is bacon with fat trimmed off. To the right of that is all the fat that was trimmed off. The other 3 are streaky bacon part of the bacon)

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All done and ready for work!

Total pre time: 20mins (more time if you are taking lots of photos in between each step)
Baking time: 14-16min

Give yourself 1 hour for the overall process if you are planning to bake a full tray of 12.

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Cured Meat Roses – Makes 6

Preheat oven to 180C

Ingredients:

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
18 strips of streaky bacon (or other cured meat sliced thin)
1 packet of mozzarella cheese 125g

Steps:

Step 1: Prepare a muffin tray by oiling it slightly. Set aside.
Step 2: Divide defrosted puff pastry into 6 equal strips.
Step 3: Gently stretch the puff pastry to double the original length. Lay bacon (or other cured meat) across the puff pastry, leaving a 1/2cm gap from the bottom.
Step 4: Sprinkle cheese on the bottom and  fold pastry over to keep meat and cheese in. Start the roll by gathering some cheese right at the start, then keep rolling. I found it easier to to work with a bowl of cheese on the side, and keep adding cheese while rolling it up.
Step 5: Put the rolls into the muffin tray. Top with more cheese if desired. Brush pastry with milk.
Step 6: Bake at 180c for 14-16 mins till golden.

Enjoy!

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