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Summer Delight with Berry Cobbler Flatbread

Posted: Friday, Jul. 06, 2012

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Chef Troy Gagliardo

"Chef Troy" Gagliardo hosts a weekly cooking segment called "Troy's Everyday Eats" live every Tuesday on WCCB News Rising from 7 to 9 a.m. He has made over 300 appearances on the show showcasing over 1000 of his unique original recipes. He was also voted one of the Top Five best chefs in Charlotte in 2013. Troy has penned a cookbook called Pseudo Southern, which has been endorsed by celebrity chef and best selling author Fabio Viviani. His business Motown Spice Provisions supplies some of the top restaurants and country clubs in the greater Charlotte area for the past 10 years. He is a self-taught chef who learned early on the importance of family and food, and the connection between both, from his parents and grandparents. Contact him at troygagliardo@gmail.com. Visit www.cheftroy.net, and follow Troy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

What could possibly be better than a sweet, gooey, summer berry cobbler with a perfectly crisp buttery crumble? Not much… unless you put it on lightly grilled flatbread, with a smear of ricotta cheese, those same berries, sweetened to perfection with brown sugar and just a splash of almond extract. Now we’re talking. Oh… and whip up some heavy cream with a splash of pineapple juice to stiff peaks to top it off and oh my goodness, are you in for a treat.

Perfectly ripened summer berries all by themselves are… well just that, perfection. Take advantage of the briefest of time during the year when local berries are bursting off the bushes. Make jellies and jams, cobblers and pies, or pop them in your mouth all by themselves. Just do it before the good stuff is gone until next summer.

This version of a cobbler is super simple and easy to do right out on the grill. It is safe to say that you probably haven’t had anything quite like this hand held cobbler. Use whatever berries look and taste the best or do a mix-up of different kind’s berries for a one of a kind super summer treat!

Summer Berry Cobbler Flatbread

• 2 each, 12 ounce pizza dough, homemade or store bought
• 8 ounces ricotta cheese, drained for 24 hours
• Whip Cream, homemade or store bought, to taste


• 4 cups berries - raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries
• 3/4 cup brown sugar, plus extra to dust peaches
• 2 teaspoon almond extract
• 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
• Unsalted butter, to coat

Crumble Topping:

• 1/4 cup all purpose flour
• 1/2 cup vanilla wafers, crushed, plus more for garnish
• 1/8 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold, half a stick, cut into very small cubes


1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, for direct and indirect heat grilling.

2. Let dough sit out at room temperature for 15 minutes.

3. Flour/flatten dough into an oblong shape about a ½” thick and lightly oil one side of each pizza dough.

4. Place directly over flame and grill lightly on each side, about 45 seconds to 1 minute per side and remove.

5. Place berries, brown sugar, flour, almond extract in a mixing bowl and mix to combine.

6. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, wafers and brown sugar.

7. Add cubed butter. Using fingers, combine it until it has the texture of a very course bread crumb.

8. Smear equal parts of the ricotta on each dough, top with berry mixture and then the crumble.

9. Place on top rack of grill over indirect heat side or in a 425 degree oven on a baking sheet/stone.

10. Cook, rotating once or twice, until golden brown and bubbling.

11. Remove from grill and let stand to cool slightly. Cut into individual pieces, top with whip cream and serve.

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