Saturday, May 23, 2009

Chef Chuck's Stuffed Tomato with Orzo

Pomodori di Riso

Stuffed tomatoes is an excellent summer appetizer, stuffed with orzo and vegetables. Today we drove down the road to our local farmer, who grows wonderful produce. These are Sunshines tomatoes, and spinach. If no one is home, she has an honor system at her family farm, take what you want and leave cash in the box! Isn't the farm life great. Orzo is sometimes called Italian rice, but it is a pasta, also great for soups. I stuff the hot orzo mixture into the tomato which allows the inside of the tomato to cook.

Stuffed Tomato with Orzo
4 large tomatoes
1/4 pound orzo
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
8 Kalamata olives, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup mushrooms, diced
6 large spinach leaves, cut up
salt and pepper
1/2 cup parmigiano cheese, grated
olive oil, drizzle

Cut off tops of tomato and use a teaspoon to hollow out. In a frying pan saute onions and olives in olive oil, add garlic, mushrooms, spinach, salt, pepper and parmigiano cheese. Gently stuff each tomato then drizzle with olive oil and serve.


  1. Fabulous, Chef Chuck. I love these types of dishes in the summer... fresh produce always being the incredible highlight!

  2. Hello LaDue, Hope all is well! I agree, summer dish with same day fresh organic produce!! Thank You :)

  3. MMMM..Chuck! I love tomatoes, I love orzo & I love the rest of your ingredients!
    So, I will love these,....MMMMMMM!!!!

  4. Hi Sophie, We have the same taste buds that both say MMMMMMMMM!!!! Thank,You !!

  5. This is perfect for dining al fresco on those warm evenings. Tomatoes and a savory orzo filling are a perfect combination.

  6. Hi Bridgett,I agree! Thank You :)