- 8 pre-cooked packaged bacon strips you can also use raw bacon, you will just need to cook longer
- 16 small basil leaves
Preheat oven to 375°F. You will need either a mini cupcake pan or a standard cupcake pan depending on if you use pre-cooked bacon or raw bacon.
If you use pre-cooked bacon: Start with the skinny end of pre-cooked bacon and roll it up until it resembles a rosebud. The end with the thicker fat will likely look more like a rose so make that side face up. Place the bacon roses in a mini cupcake pan. Add a little foil in the empty space of the cupcake molds so that the roses hold their shape when cooking.
If you use raw bacon: Roll up the bacon strip to resemble a rose. Make sure to pull some of the layers out slightly to get the rosebud shape. Place the roses in a standard cupcake pan. Add a little foil in the empty space of the cupcake molds so that the roses hold their shape when cooking.
Transfer the cupcake pan to the oven and cook the roses for about 10 minutes or until the bacon is dark brown and completely crispy. If you used raw bacon add a few extra minutes to the cook time.
Arrange the bacon roses on a plate with two small basil leaves underneath each bud. You can tuck the stems of the leaves into the bottom of the rosebuds. You can also quickly deep fry the basil leaves first (about 1 minute or until you start to hear them pop).