Here is how to make salami roses that will elevate your entire charcuterie board.

It is incredibly simple to make meat roses out of smoked meats, such as pepperoni and salami, and I’m here to show you how with this step-by-step guide plus video tutorial.

Follow these easy steps for a beautiful way to fancy up a charcuterie board!

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Pepperoni roses are a beautiful, and simple idea for a mini grazing board and a unique charcuterie board. A mini grazing board is one of the newest trends for individual snack boards. They make a terrific gift for mother’s day valentine’s day or the holiday season. Think charcuterie board in a snack box!

When making meat roses, it’s best to use deli pepperoni, the ones that are cut large and round, instead of the small pepperoni rounds you would purchase for pizza. The same rule applies to pieces of salami. Any hard smoked meat you love should work fine. However, the reduced-fat versions don’t work as well. It’s the fat in the meats that helps them stay shaped.

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How to Make Salami Roses

  • Different size wine glasses
  • 12 salami slicees (makes one medium rose)
  • 8 slices of pepperoni (makes one small rose)
  • Plastic wrap or gallon size storage bag

It’s easy to make different size roses from slices of salami. The smaller the wine glass, the smaller the size of the rose, and the fewer smoked meat slices you will use. I call the small roses salami rosettes. The rim of a champagne flute works well for these.

The bigger the glass, the bigger the rose, and the more smoked meat slices you will use.

How to Make Salami or Pepperoni Roses

Wash your hands and wear gloves if appropriate. Take the wine glass you want to use and fold one slice of meat halfway down the rim of the glass for the first layer. This is the first of your rose petals. Take the next slice, place it on half of the meat you just folded down, and fold it down. Continue to repeat this pattern, overlapping each slice of meat on top of the other, as shown below.

Once you have all of your slices on your glass, turn it upside down onto a clean surface and remove your glass. Now you have your beautiful salami rose! These can be immediately placed on your cheese board or cutting board if you are using them right away. If not, put them in a gallon-size plastic bag and store them in the fridge.

Salami flowers are great to place beside fresh fruit or crackers on your next charcuterie board. See the tutorial video for the quick steps to meat flowers.

Though sandwich meat (deli meats) can be used, it will not hold its shape as well as the smoked, cured meat.

Here are my best tips for making a beautiful and cost-effective charcuterie board with your salami roses!

A quick video to take you through the process.

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Rachel is a Postpartum Nurse of 15+ years. She is also a Spinning Babies® CPE, Childbirth Educator, Published Author, and Recipe Creator. Rachel's passion is to encourage and empower women in all things related to motherhood.

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