Chef Ross Burtwell’s Salt & Pepper Chocolate Panna Cotta with Ported Sundried Strawberries

Salt & Pepper Chocolate Panna Cotta with Ported Sundried Strawberries
Chef Ross Burtwell, Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant


1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
2 cups heavy cream
¾ cup half and half cream
½ cup caramel ice cream topping, jarred
4 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
¼ cup Torre di Pietra Tango Port
1 teaspoon flaky sea salt
½ cup Ported Sundried Strawberries (see recipe)
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the water and gelatin in a small bowl and let it stand for 10 minutes to soften. 2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine heavy cream and half & half. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat immediately. 3. While still hot, stir in caramel topping and chopped chocolate, mixing well until melted and fully incorporated. 4. Add softened gelatin and stir to dissolve completely. 5. Add Port wine and sea salt. Stir to incorporate. 6. Divide mixture evenly between 6 large martini glasses. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until firmly set.

Dish Assembly:

Just before serving, grind a little black pepper on the surface of the panna cotta. Top with a few Ported Sundried Strawberries and serve with a glass of Torre di Pietra Tango Port.

Ported Sundried Strawberries

Yield: ½ cup


½ cup sundried strawberries
¼ cup Torre di Pietra Tango Port


  1. Combine berries and port in a small bowl. 2. Allow to marinate for 2 hours at room temperature before serving.

This recipe serves 6

Torre di Pietra Vineyard and Winery


Torre di Pietra produces award winning wine from Texas grapes, growing 10 grape varietals in their Texas Hill Country Vineyards. The winery is open for tastings 7 days a week and guests can enjoy listening to live Texas music on the piazza and shaded patios. The Torre di Pietra picnic market includes a wonderful selection of cheeses, including CKC Farm Fresh Goat Cheese, crackers, Torre Di Pietra wine infused chocolates and other delectables to accompany your wine and Hill Country experience.Torre di Pietra are also members of WINE ROAD 290, an association of 10 Texas Wineries that host unique pairing events throughout the year.

10915 East US Hwy 290
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Phone: 830.644.2829

Cabernet Grill – Texas Wine Country Restaurant

Cabernet Grill Fredericksburg Texas

More Than a Fredericksburg TX Bed and Breakfast! The moment you step inside the ivy-covered walls of the Cotton Gin Village in historic Fredericksburg Texas, you’ll be transported to another world. Koi ponds with waterfalls. Lush landscaping. Romantically outfitted rustic cabins. And unparalleled Texas Hill Country dining in the highly acclaimed Cabernet Grill-Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Chef Ross Burtwell has created a wine and dining oasis where visitors can sit back and relax after a long day of shopping and tasting at Fredericksburg’s famed boutiques and wineries. Cabernet Grill also boasts the largest all-Texan wine list in the state, so if you didn’t get to try a particular wine while on your winery visits, chances are they have it.

Located just 2.8 miles south of Main Street on Highway 16. For best directions visit HERE >>
Lodging: 830-990-8381
Restaurant: 830-990-5734

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