Recipe: Bean Patties with Tomato Relish

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Recipe: Bean Patties with Tomato Relish

Bean Patties with Tomato Relish
A vegetarian alternative to sausage patties for breakfast.

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
1 recipe Tomato Relish

Mash the beans with a fork, and mix in the vegetables, cornmeal, and seasonings. Form into 4 to 6 patties. Fry in a lightly oiled skillet over moderate heat until lightly browned on both sides. Serve with tomato relish. Serves 3 to 4.

Tomato Relish
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped celery leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
or 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic or red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar, or more to taste
Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Serve chilled.Makes about 1 cup.