How to Make Meat Roses

Make your charcuterie boards really stand out with cute meat roses. These flowers are made using your favorite snacking meats like pepperoni and salami and they’re so easy to make that even the kids can help!

a meat flower on a charcuterie board with strawberries and almonds around it

Charcuterie Meat Flowers

Charcuterie boards are a fun board filled with various snacking items like meats, cheeses, nuts, crackers, and fruits. Serving them up to friends and family has become a pretty viral thing over the past few years and from a frugal standpoint I can see why. Using up odds and ends to create something both unique and pretty is a great way to get everything eaten and clear some space in the pantry.

Of course, you can also take the presentation up a notch with a wine glass meat rose.

a close up of a meat lfower on a charcuterie board

What to Buy for a Charcuterie Rose

Round lunch meats: You want to use rounder lunch meat because they’re much easier to work with than the deli sliced thin meats as those are usually very thin and oval in shape. Turkey, ham, and even bologna will all work well if they’re thicker or more sturdy. The last thing you’d want is a thin piece of deli-sliced turkey shredding before it can become a beautiful flower.

Snacking meats: These are the more traditional meats you’d serve with crackers such as pepperoni and salami. Summer sausage will most likely be too thick and hard to work correctly for this flower trick and would be best left as-is on the charcuterie board.

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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  • Wine Glasses of various sizes. Small mouth or large mouths will work better for different cuts of meat.
an angled wooden charcuterie board featuring meat flowers, crackers, cheese, nuts and fruit

Tips for Making Flowers in a Wine Glass

You’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of meat on hand before making each rose. The smaller the cut of meat, the more you will need. For example, you would need more pepperoni than you will bologna just because the size of the larger meats would cause the flowers to fill out more quickly.

You’ll know that you’ve added enough meat layers to the wine glass when the center feels firm and solid. You should be able to poke your finger into the glass and have the “bud” of the rose not to budge. This will give you a gorgeous fuller-looking rose but you can also pack it lightly with fewer layers if you enjoy a more open appearance.

a collage showing how to make a meat flower with a wine glass

How to Make Meat Roses

Separate any meats you have so that the pieces are not stuck together. This will make the process go by more smoothly.

Take a clean wine glass, either a small mouth or a large-mouthed one depending on what you have or want. I think that smaller mouthed ones work best for smaller meats like pepperoni and salami whereas the larger mouthed ones are better for large meats like lunch meat.

Take one piece of meat and fold it in half over the rim of the top of the wine glass.

Take another piece of meat and do the same, but overlap the meats slightly. Continue around the rim with meats until you’ve finished a full circle.

If you can still see the bottom of the wine glass when you look through, your rose will not appear full when flipped and can fall apart easily. Make it more sturdy by adding another circle or two of meats, in the same way that you did layer 1.

Once the meat has filled in the cone inside the wine glass and you’ve got enough layers to be happy with your work, carefully flip the wineglass over and onto the charcuterie board.

Carefully remove the wineglass without twisting as this could cause looser pieces of meat to become undone. Some meats may be a little stuck to the glass, so use your other hand (or borrow someone else’s) to help unstick the situation.

Now your meat rose is ready for the charcuterie board. Make more and strategically place them around the board with crackers, cheese, nuts, and fruits as desired. Enjoy!

a close up view of a meat rose on a charcuterie board

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How to Make Meat Roses

Make your charcuterie boards really stand out with cute meat roses. These flowers are made using your favorite snacking meats like pepperoni and salami and they're so easy to make that even the kids can help!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: charcuterie rose, flowers in a wine glass, how to make meat roses, meat flowers for charcuterie board, wine glass meat rose
Yield: 1 rose
Author: Beeyond Cereal
Cost: 2

Equipment

  • Wine glass

Materials

Meat options that work well

  • Pepperoni
  • Salami
  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Bologna

Instructions

  • Separate any meats you have so that the pieces are not stuck together. This will make the process go by more smoothly
  • Take one piece of meat and fold it in half over the rim of the top of a clean wine glass.
  • Take another piece of meat and do the same, overlapping the meats slightly. Continue adding meats, overlapping slightly until you've finished a full circle.
  • If you can still see the bottom of the wine glass when you look through the center of the rose, your rose will not appear full when flipped and can fall apart easily. Make it sturdier by adding another circle or two of meats, the same way you did the first circle.
  • Once the meat has filled in the cone inside the wine glass and you’ve got enough layers to be happy with your work, carefully flip the wineglass over and onto the charcuterie board.
  • Carefully remove the wineglass without twisting as this could cause the loose pieces of meat to become undone. Some meats may be a little stuck to the glass, so use your other hand (or borrow someone else's) to help unstick the situation.
  • Now your meat rose is ready for the charcuterie board. Make more and strategically place them around the board with crackers, cheese, nuts, and fruits as desired. Enjoy!

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