Flatbread with Grapes, Gruyere, Rosemary and Red Onions for #SundaySupper

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 21, 2012

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October is breast cancer awareness month, and today the SundaySupper group is “baking for the cure.”

That means we’re baking to raise awareness of breast cancer, its treatment and recovery. Many of us have had someone close to us suffer from breast cancer, so this is a cause that touches all of us.

Flatbread with Grapes, Gruyere, Rosemary and Red Onions on Shockingly Delicious. Recipe here: https://www.shockinglydelicious.com/?p=9713To honor the cause, I chose and tweaked a recipe from the new cookbook “The Back in the Swing Cookbook,” by Barbara C. Unell and Judith Fertig. Its subtitle is “Recipes for eating and living well every day after breast cancer.”

Amen to that!

Flatbread with Grapes, Gruyere, Rosemary and Red Onions on Shockingly Delicious. The book has a number of recipes that caught my eye, including Spiced Blueberry Applesauce Muffins, Potato Frittata Twist , and a Persian Rice Pudding with saffron. Mmmm. In addition to delicious recipes, the book has nuggets of information on lifestyle choices, “Calories In” recipes and “Calories Out” exercises, uplifting statements about survivors who “knew they were back in the swing when…” and serendipitous lists — key foods, items on pets and spouses, even a list of top-10 happy songs. These sidebars are charming and useful, and the recipes are wonderful and inventive. It also would be a good book to give a survivor who enjoys cooking.

Grapes for Flatbread with Grapes, Gruyere, Rosemary and Red OnionsComforting, life-affirming, feel-good, healthy food designed to help cancer survivors get back in the swing of living – that’s the simple mission of this cookbook.

Good health to you all!

Recipe: Flatbread with Grapes, Gruyere, Rosemary and Red Onions

Bowl of grapes on Shockingly DeliciousSummary: Sweet from grapes, herbaceous from rosemary, sharp from onions and salty from cheese, this flatbread hits all the right notes.


  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • All purpose flour, for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A wedge of red onion, sliced paper-thin
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups red and purple seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 4-5 ounces shredded gruyere cheese (or use emmenthal)


  1. Heat oven to 450F degrees.
  2. Place the dough on a floured board, and roll it out to at least a 12-inch diameter. Mine was about 12 by 14 inches, to fit my pan. Transfer to a baking sheet.Flatbread assembly process on Shockingly Delicious
  3. Brush olive oil over the crust. Top with the onions, then rosemary, then grapes, then cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Edges of the crust and the cheese will be brown. Remove from oven and transfer flatbread to a cutting board. Allow to cool for a minute, then cut into pieces.
  5. Good served warm or at room temperature.
  6. Serves 8.

Quick notes

You can buy prepared pizza dough in many grocery stores, Trader Joe’s, and other specialty shops. It’s usually in the refrigerated section, along with cheeses, prepared guacamole, prepared salads, etc. Or make your own if you wish!


I had some left over, so I reheated it the second night and ate it dolloped with olive tapenade made from black ripe California olives, using this basic recipe. Dare I say it? It was EVEN BETTER!


Back in the Swing cookbook coverAdapted from “The Back in the Swing Cookbook,” by Barbara C. Unell and Judith Fertig (Andrews McMeel Publishing; $29.99).

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

Won’t you take a couple of hours out of your busy week to bake for someone who has been affected by cancer or someone in the medical profession who makes a difference in the lives of cancer patients?  A small gesture to show someone how much you care can make a difference in their day.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer B October 21, 2012 at 7:56 am

Grapes on your flatbread? Totally unique and I can’t wait to try and see how it tastes!!


Jen @JuanitasCocina October 21, 2012 at 7:48 am

Gorgeous flatbread! I am so intrigued by the grapes!


twitter_girlichef October 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

The “Back in the Swing Cookbook” is wonderful and I actually have this recipe bookmarked to try! Your version sounds and looks amazing…just beautiful!


Katie October 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

What an interesting combination! I never would have thought to put these ingredients together – sounds cool to me!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 21, 2012 at 5:35 am

My first time putting grapes on a focaccia was such a wonderful flavor surprise. This flatbread looks tempting, the ingredients are so wonderful together!


diabeticFoodie October 21, 2012 at 5:25 am

Sounds like an amazing cookbook! Your flatbread looks delicious. I think I have some grapes and gruyere in the refrigerator …


Renee October 21, 2012 at 5:25 am

This flatbread along with a glass of wine is simply a perfect meal for me. I’ll be thinking about it until I make it. So, so good.


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