Average: 5 (1 vote)
Active time
30 minutes
4-6 servings

2 cups water

½ cup uncooked hulled whole or pearled barley

¼ cup minced fresh parsley

½ cup grated carrot

½ cup diced cucumber

½ cup diced provolone cheese

1 ¼ teaspoons dried oregano

½ cup shredded radicchio

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Juice of one large lemon

Salt to taste

4 to 6 large beefsteak tomatoes

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the barley, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until tender about 20 to 40 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the parsley, carrot, cucumber, cheese, oregano, radicchio, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Mix to combine and set aside.
  3. Cut the tops off the tomatoes and reserve. Hollow out the pulp, cube it and mix it into the barley mixture. Stuff the tomato cavities with the mixture and replace the tops.
  4. Serve or refrigerate until needed. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe and content courtesy of Mary Ann Esposito; photo courtesy of Oldways


Calories: 210
Fat: 13g
Sodium: 115mg
Carbohydrate: 20g
Protein: 6g

Yield: 4-6 servings

How'd it Taste?

I deleted the oregano and radicchio, changed the provolone to the shaved form, and added raisins and snipped mint. Since it is nearly Trick-or-Treat time, I cut tiny triangular holes out of one side of the tomato for eyes and the nose with a small paring knife, and cut a slightly larger roundish hole for the mouth. Now, the grandkids want me to make this every year in October! I think I’ll try a snowman version next for November and December with tiny carrot noses and raisin eyes.
What a wonderful, creative idea! We absolutely love this.

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