Happy almost Valentine’s Day!
For the second year running, my Valentine’s post is coming very late. Luckily, just like last year, it’s a quick and easy thing to whip up that will surprise and delight your Valentine. Like last year’s chocolate-covered, cheesecake-filled strawberries, this year also features strawberries. But this year, the only things you need are strawberries, a knife and skewers. With just those three supplies and less than half an hour, you can make…
…a Valentine’s Day strawberry bouquet!
Everyone gives roses for Valentine’s. Why be just like everyone else when you can be unique and give your loved one(s) bouquets of strawberry roses instead? They’re waaaay less expensive than actual roses, they’re adorable, they’re sure to make your Valentine smile, and (best of all) they’re edible! Plus they’re healthier than chocolates. I mean, I wouldn’t judge you if you wanted to give your bouquet along with some whipped cream and melted chocolate for dipping. In fact, if I were the recipient, I would love those additions!
Making a strawberry bouquet is simple. First push your skewer into your strawberry, leaving the strawberry leaves attached.
Then take your knife and cut a flap near the base of the strawberry.
Repeat around the bottom of the strawberry. (I found that four “petals” fit nicely for most of the strawberries I used.)
Cut another row of petals, with petals placed between those of the row beneath.
Repeat until you run out of space on the strawberry, and then separate the top of the center piece into 2 or 3 pieces, or leave as one if it’s small enough. Gently open up the “rose” by pressing the petals open with your finger.
And there you have a rose! Repeat with other strawberries, and then arrange in a vase with some filler flowers (baby’s breath is always a good choice) and some leaves/greens.
One ingredient and half an hour of work – how much easier can it get for a heartfelt, unique gift?
Valentine’s Day Strawberry Bouquet (inspired by Kitsy Lane)
Makes 1 bouquet
- 12-15 strawberries (or more, if you want a bigger bouquet)
- 12-15 bamboo skewers
- 1 small, sharp knife
- Filler flowers or leaves, optional
- Stick the skewer into the strawberry at the stem side, leaving the strawberry leaves attached.
- Cut thin “petals” all the way around the base of the strawberry.
- Cut more rows of petals, alternating their placement so no petal is directly above another.
- When you only have a little left, cut the top of the center piece of strawberry into 2-3 pieces.
- Gently open up the “rose” by pushing the petals down with your finger.
- Arrange in a vase with some filler flowers and/or greens.
Because the strawberries are already essentially cut into slices, you can easily cut off the leaves and serve with whipped cream, on Valentine’s pancakes, or in a fruit salad. Personally though, I think they’re best eaten directly off the skewer after being dipped in a chocolate fountain!
If this Valentine’s Day idea doesn’t have enough sugar in it for you, how about some cheesecake-stuffed, chocolate-covered strawberries or some rose apple tarts? Both of those are sure to be a big hit too!
Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends, a special someone, or Netflix (no shame in that – Netflix and I have a very long, love-filled relationship!) I hope you have a wonderful day that is full of chocolate!