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Alrighty, so I want to get to this recipe and all, but first…

Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

Can I rant/complain for like .89 seconds?

Ok, well it may take longer than that, but you know.

My family keeps sending me snapchats of all the things I am missing out on. Think laying in the sun by the pool, diving boards, BOUNCE houses (what the, what…no fare!), tubing on the lake, ice cream cakes, happy birthday songs, bike rides and basically all things summer… What am I doing??

Hanging in the rain, taking care of the goats and the chickens. Yes, I’ll admit I am totally having my own little pitty party right now. Just pass the tub of ice cream over please… and a blanket + a heater, cause it’s cold and rainy here in Colorado. Oh man.

Ok, pitty party over, at least the goats will hang with me.


Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

Anyways, it’s honestly not as bad as I just made it seem, but like I’ve said in my last two posts, I am just missing my family a little bit. It’s cool though cause now I get all the food to myself.

Sharing was never one of my strong points anyway. Now I can have boat loads of creamy polenta, and all the eggs and summer veggies I want…grilled just the way I like um.


Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

In all seriousness though, aren’t these caramelized farmers market veggies on herbed polenta kind of awesome?

I mean, I know there’s no meat, and that all the guys out there are probably disgusted in me big time (this includes pretty much all my brothers, their friends and then some), but this is so my kind of meal. It’s cozy, comfort food, but pretty healthy too, and chock full of summer produce. To me, meals like this are what summer is all about.

Simple, colorful and GOOD.

Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

And umm, that browned harissa butter?

Just as amazing and dream worthy as it sounds.

Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

The whole meal comes together pretty quick. While the polenta is cooking, you are grilling the veggies. Once you have the veggies cooked, it’s time to poach or fry those eggs (which are a MUST, you know how much I love a good egg).

Then you just put it all together. Oh but wait, you also HAVE to (like no excuses) brown some butter and mix it with some (preferably homemade) harissa. It’s a game changer guys.

Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

No joke.

Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

SO…dinner in around thirty minutes, full of healthy things (well, minus the butter, but shh…no one needs to know about that), killer use of summer produce and just all around awesome.

Yup, winner, winner dinner!

Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 664 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 cup dry polenta
  • 4 cups water or milk I like using 2 cups milk + 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup pecorino cheese grated (omit for vegan version)
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (I used basil oregano, thyme, dill)
  • 2 tablespoons butter omit for vegan version
  • 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed
  • 2 in small zucchini sliced half long ways
  • 2 in small summer squash sliced half long ways
  • 1 inch eggplant sliced into 1/4 rounds
  • 1-2 ears corn husk on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 poached or fried eggs for serving (omit for vegan version)
  • edible flowers and fresh herbs for serving

Harissa Butter

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons harissa


  • To make the polenta. Pour the water and milk into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the polenta. Cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta is soft and thick, about 15 to 20 minutes. Keep warm and then just before serving, stir in the pecorino cheese and butter and season with salt and pepper. If the polenta seems a little thick you can add a tablespoon more of butter, milk or water to thin.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  • Add the asparagus, zucchini, summer squash, eggplant and corn to a large sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, maple syrup, chili powder, salt and pepper. Toss well to coat. Place the veggies on the grill and grill for 5-10 minutes, turning once or twice throughout cooking. The veggies are done when light char marks begin to appear. Remove from the grill to a serving plate. Once cool enough to handle, remove the corn kernels from the cob.
  • To make the harissa butter, melt the butter over medium heat in a medium size pot. When the butter begins to foam remove it from the heat and slowly add the harissa and whisk until smooth.
  • To serve, divide the polenta among bowls. Top with the veggies and a poached egg. Drizzle with harissa butter and garnish with fresh herbs. Serve with extra harissa butter. Enjoy!


*Inspired by the My New Roots Cookbook by Sarah Britton.
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Caramelized Farmers Market Veggies On Herbed Polenta with Brown Harissa Butter | @hbharvest

Take that family. Bet you don’t even come close to eating something this awesome tonight. <–Truth…maybe unless they went out somewhere awesome… and then well, UGH.

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  1. Are there herbs in the polenta and on top? Lists herbs twice, and want to get it right. Thanks!

    1. So sorry for the confusion, the herbs are for both the polenta and for serving, if desired. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this!

  2. Tieghan:
    This looks wonderful!
    I wish I had the ingredients on hand. This is just the kind of food needed on a really cool rainy day.
    (All of you hot weather people that want to trade I will do it gladly! The more heat the better, I love it!)
    This looks so good, when I go grocery shopping this week, I’ll have all these ingredients on my list.
    I have a lovely recipe for creamy polenta.
    The addition of caramelised onions would go well with this.

    Thank you for the recipe Teighan!!

    1. Hi Charlie!! I hope you love it when you get it make it!! Let me know how it goes and if you like it!! Thank you!

  3. This is amazing! My boyfriend and I have eaten it about once a week since you put it up, and aren’t planning to stop! In the UK, I’m having difficulty finding polenta that isn’t already pre-packaged, so we tried it with fried polenta slices first, and then with cous-cous, but neither seems quite right. I’ll keep trying – it’s the harissa butter which makes it!!

  4. Tieghan, this was absolutely delicious! Wish I had a grill, but I tried to grill in the oven (didn’t quite work) so I just half roasted and half stir-fried the vegetables. Thank you again for a wonderful recipe!

  5. The pictures in this post are amazing, I just cant stop admiring them ad learning from you. Thanks for sharing such beauty, and for the great work! Obviously I love the recipe too!

  6. I totally know how you feel. I live about four hours away from my family and it really gets to me when I can’t be there to celebrate milestones.

    This polenta looks wonderful loaded with fresh vegetables… and, of course, brown butter never hurts.

  7. yum, yum, yum! This looks amazing. And so adaptable to whatever is in season.
    I miss my family whenever I/they go away, but I’ve always told myself that I’m incredibly lucky to have a family that I love so much that I miss them terribly. And one that loves me back just as much.

  8. I wish I was on summer vacation, too! But this dish looks awesomely lovely. 🙂

  9. I totally feel your pain…but you know what, the goats and chickens are super happy you are taking care of them.
    OMW !!! I love love love, this dish, and guess what…I have all the ingredients..Yay ! so guess what I am making for dinner tonight 🙂
    Cheer up 🙂

  10. Hey Tieghan! I just wanted to say how much I appreciate that you offer a vegan option on your recipes. If no one’s told you how awesome that is, I’m here to tell you that I’m so so so grateful that you’re vegan-friendly!! 🙂

    1. Awe! THNAK YOU! I don’t give them on all the recipes, but the ones that are easy to adapt I do! Happy you enjoy that! 🙂

  11. I totally get your pain! It has been nothing but cold, rainy, and miserable here all summer as well. This is such a wonderful recipe, great job as usual. Keep up the great work!

  12. yep. drooling all over the place. this looks and sounds divine and i can’t wait to try it! harissa butter?! *faints with joy*

  13. Okay, I’m sure your family is having a blast and all… but you have THESE– creamy polenta+grilled veggies+drippy runny egg& harissa BUTTER! I’m thinking you are totally winning. Plus you have goats, chickens AND weather that isn’t a bazillion degrees. I want your life. And I want seven bowls of this deliciousness in my belly! ♡ I’m jealous. I need to make this and stuff my face as I sulk. 😉