Recipe for chiminea garden fireplace

Recipe for chiminea: Grilled eggplant with eggplant relish on the chiminea

Grilled eggplant with eggplant relish on the chiminea

Chiminea fire pit are great to cook and bake delicious festive meals. From bbq to pizza, as these small wood fire garden oven are all capable to offer a great cooking experience. And not to forget, when not in use, chimineas are a great eye-catcher piece of pottery.

There are lots of possibilities to use your chiminea fire pit, some of them can be vegan as well. Did you ever tasted grilled eggplant? This is soooo delicious!

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Perfectly tender smoky Grilled Eggplant with fresh Greek relish and creamy polenta.  An easy and healthy meatless dinner.  Vegan adaptable and gluten-free.


Welcome to my new recipe. I'm so exited to share with you all this new recipe for the wood fired chiminea fire pit.

Garden chimneys or chimeneas or clay chimineas are a great garden decor, since they are made of clay. But they are also a fully capable garden oven which is great for garden cooking. Imagine cooking on your backyard and having a family gathering or with friends! his is so cool that you wouldn't like that evening to end.

Chiminea vs fire pit, what to choose? Clay chimineas are clay handmade pirces of real pottery. They add a timeless garden decor but also a fully capable wooden fired garden oven.


Barbecues on the chiminea are great since you are smoking your food with the charcoal or wood and all taste soooo decadent!

So you had your new clay chiminea and now you are wondering what to cook besides pizza?

Follow this easy recipe for chiminea to prepare this delicious vegan Grilled eggplant with eggplant relish.

You don't need to be chef Gordon Ramsey to do this, but if you are, please say hi ( I would adore to attire your attention:) )

recipe for chiminea grilled eggplant

This Grilled Eggplant Recipe is just "the thing" for a light evening supper at the backyard.  Smoky and tender, the eggplant cooks in under 10 minutes on the chiminea fire pit. Paring perfectly with cool and crunchy Greek relish that boasts fresh garden tomatoes, cucumbers, and chickpeas tossed in a simple sherry vinaigrette.  Serve over creamy polenta for a satisfying clean and easy meal.  We like adding sheep feta to ours but it can easily be kept vegan!

There are multiple recipes with eggplant, we love this one as adds an exotic and yet southern flavor to the table

Recipe for chiminea Grilled Eggplant

Gather up some fresh farmer’s market veggies and polenta.  I prefer the coarse grits for the texture, but can easily be substituted with cornmeal or half of each cornmeal and polenta.

Recipe for chiminea Grilled eggplant with polenta


Start with whisking corn grits into salted boiling water. (Be careful!  Speaking from experience, boiling polenta can seriously burn!).  Let simmer covered, 20 minutes while you prepare the relish.

Recipe for chiminea Grilled Eggplant


The relish comes together quickly with just chopped veggies, herbs, chickpeas, and kalamata olives in a simple sherry vinaigrette.

If you want to skip this step, you can buy organic relish here and get it on your door by tomorrow (yes, this sounds crazy, but it works)

You can definitely substitute red wine vinegar here, though I recommend cutting down the amount.  Sherry vinegar is softer, less harsh and has a more complex flavor.

Recipes for chiminea Grilled eggplant


Step one:  Fire the clay chiminea fire pit with charcoal for 10 minutes.  If you like smoky flavor, add cedar chips to the charcoal.

Slice eggplant into 3/4 inch slices.  Round or long slices, either way works.

 Recipes for chiminea Grilled eggplant


Step two:  Brush eggplant with olive oil.

 Recipes for chiminea grilled eggplant


Step three:   Sprinkle salt over eggplant and place on the chiminea grill for 3-4 minutes.  This is the key to perfectly cooked eggplant, assuring that it is baking while it grills.  Flip over, salting again if desired, cook for another 4 minutes, no more!

Tip:  Place the grilled eggplant in a stack as you remove from the chiminea grill, this will keep the slices warm and finish softening them so they are perfectly tender and delicious!

If you want to go one step forward and plant your own eggplants on your garden, I recommend buying this hight yield eggplants seeds here

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  1. Scoop warm polenta onto plates.
  2. Arrange 3-4 slices of eggplant on top.
  3. Top generously with Greek relish.
  4. Add feta cheese if desired!

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Now it's time to share and enjoy!

Bernat from Pottery Sol y Tierra

Where to buy a clay chiminea?

For US customers, please visit this Clay chiminea with all cooking accessories

For Canadian customers, here is your new wooden fired clay chiminea garden oven

Worldwide, please visit this Etsy handmade chiminea



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