Can I Make These Cute Bacon-Wrapped Potato Roses?
In this Tastemade YouTube video, I saw these cute roses shaped out of potato and wrapped in bacon. They looked beautiful, fancy and delicious. I had to try to make it!
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Attempt #1:
The basic steps are:
- You use a muffin pan and line each compartment with a piece of bacon.
- You use thinly sliced pieces of potato placed in a line and roll them into a rose shape.
- Then, you place 3 potato roses into each muffin pan compartment, sprinkle some cheddar and put into the 350 degree oven to cook.
- In the video, they top it off with hollandaise sauce to serve.
In the video, they use red potatoes and sweet potatoes to form the petals of the rose. I had forgotten this when I went to the grocery store. I just got a Russet potato. I got this bacon, which is on the thinner side. You do not want the bacon to be too thick for this recipe or else it won't cook at the same time as the potatoes. In this case, fully cooked bacon, probably wouldn't work too well because it wouldn't form the circular shape in the muffin pan that well. I had some Sargento shredded cheddar around. Instead of hollandaise, I just used a little of this Newman's Own Alfredo sauce I had, which was healthier and much more convenient too.
I got this mandoline which is a cooking utensil for slicing and making different shapes (like julienne for French fries). That the plastic device in the photo.
Using a mandoline is easy, you just move the potato (or vegetable / fruit / or whatever) back and forth over the blade and the slices come out below. It's easier than cutting or slicing with a knife.
I wore gloves to use the mandoline. I was afraid of cutting myself. I suggest you wear gloves too when you are using a mandoline too.
To form the roses:
I lay individual slices of potatoes in a line as in the video, then I just rolled forward to form the rose.
I put 3 potato roses into each muffin pan compartment which I had lined with 1/2 piece of bacon. It only needed about 1/2 piece of bacon to make a border in each muffin pan compartment. I sprinkled them with shredded cheddar and put them in the 350 degree oven.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! How beautiful and fancy does that look? It was delicious too! More photos below. After the oven, I just poured a tiny bit of Newman's Own Alfredo sauce on there and cheese and microwaved it for 20-30 seconds.
For all of these potato roses I made, it only used up about 2/3 of 1 Russet potato: which is maybe 100 calories or less -- for all of the potato roses! -- and potatoes have lots of nutrients as I mentioned before (see link).
Each little muffin pan compartment: 3 potato roses and some cheese/sauce and bacon only has maybe 60-70 calories! Not bad! It looks really decadent.
It's super fun, looks fancy and is not that hard to make. Give it a try! We are good at this!