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How to Make a Salami Rose for a Charcuterie Board

A salami rose is a fun way to style salami on a charcuterie board or as a garnish for a meal. It’s easy to learn how to make a salami rose.

Salami is not a cute food. It’s delicious but not cute. It lays flat on a charcuterie board or plate and isn’t visually appealing. But there are fun ways to style salami and other cured meats to improve how they look. One of the most popular ways to style salami is in a rose shape. Salami rosettes are simple to create, but they elevate the look of a cheese board. All you need to create a beautiful salami rose is salami and a champagne glass.

A salami rose made using this how to make a salami rose tutorial.

These cute meat flowers are a fun way to elevate a simple charcuterie board. They are perfect for special occasions or date nights at home. This easy tutorial will help you create the perfect charcuterie roses.

What is a Salami Rose?

A salami rose is several slices of salami layered together to look like a flower. They were part of a viral TikTok trend and are now the perfect addition to charcuterie boards. They are especially perfect for a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board. But they are excellent for cheese boards for girls’ nights, Mother’s Day, or birthday parties too. The roses look prettier than simply laying out a few pieces of meat. Plus, they add height and dimension to charcuterie boards. Those aspects are key to making a visually appealing and unique charcuterie board.

A salami rose surrounded by cheese made using this how to make a salami rose tutorial.

In addition to salami roses, there are other charcuterie meat roses, like these Proscuitto flowers from Mama Did It and pepperoni roses.

What You Need to Make Salami Roses

Making salami roses is incredibly simple. You only need two things:

  • Sliced Salami – The salami needs to be cut into thin round slices. The round edges mimic the look of rose petals.
  • Wine Glass – The best size of the glass for this tutorial is a narrow sparkling wine glass, a champagne glass, a small shot glass, or a drinking glass with a smaller opening.

How to Make a Salami Rose

These salami roses are a great way to dress up your next charcuterie board! They take minimal effort but add a touch of elegance to your snack boards.

Step One – Lay the first slice of salami over the rim of a wine glass. A small glass is best for this salami rose tutorial. Pinch the salami around the rim of the glass to keep it secure. 

Step Two – Then, layer another piece of salami on the glass. The second piece of salami should cover half of the first slice. Again, pinch the salami slices around the glass. It’s also important that the salami adheres to the first slice of meat. 

Step Three – Continue layering the pieces of salami around the rim of the glass until you complete the first layer of salami.  

Step Four – After the meat covers the entire rim, start another layer. Follow the same method for the second layer. And be sure to pinch the meat to adhere to the layer beneath it. The more meat you add, the fuller the flower appears. 

Step Five – Gently remove the salami rose from the rim of the glass. Place it directly on the board, or place it in a small ramekin. The small bowl helps the rose maintain its shape while you wait to place it.

A four photo grid showcasing how to make a salami rose.

Adjust the size of the rose by using different sizes of glasses. A large rose requires a larger glass and more meat to cover the rim of the glass. And a fuller flower requires at least 3 layers of salami.

Make It Pretty, But Save Some Money

For my roses, I only added one layer of salami. Mostly because I didn’t want to use an excessive amount of meat. I used an entire 4 oz package of salami to make three small roses. Adding the second and third layers would have required another two packages of meat. That gets expensive.

Also, a less full flower makes it easier to pick apart the layers of meat. The roses easily break apart with fewer layers. That makes them easier to serve. Most people aren’t going to want to eat an entire rose.

Three salami roses made using this how to make a salami rose tutorial.

My Biggest Tip for Making a Salami Rose

The most important part of making one of these salami flowers is to not use the salami when it’s cold. Don’t let the salami warm up to an unsafe temperature. Just set it out for a few minutes before making the roses. The salami is more pliable when it isn’t super cold. 

Store any leftover roses in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They are perfect for a small charcuterie board or snack.

Ways to Use a Salami Rose

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salami rose

Salami Rose

A salami rose is a fun way to style salami on a charcuterie board or as a garnish for a meal. It's easy to learn how to make a salami rose.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Charcuterie
Servings 1 rose

Equipment

  • 1 Champagne flute

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz sliced salami typically 1 pre-sliced package

Instructions
 

  • Lay a slice of salami over the rim of the champagne flute.
  • Pinch the salami around the glass to keep it secure.
  • Layer another piece of salami on the glass, covering half of the first slice.
  • Pinch the salami around the glass and adhere it to the first slice of salami.
  • Continue layering salami around the rim of the champagne flute.
  • After completing the first layer, serve or add additional layers for a fuller rose.
  • Repeat this process until you've made your desired number of salami roses.
Keyword charcuterie, charcuterie board, cheese board

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