Soul Food Day at SSM DePaul

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)- The SSM DePaul Health Center staff will treat coworkers, patients and visitors to soul food and a Black History Month lesson. For the past 10 years, the hospital has celebrated African-American history with song, dance, education, and a treat in the cafeteria. Chefs and cooks pride themselves on preparing African-American cuisine in a healthy way.

Over the years, Soul Food had gotten the reputation of being fattening and unhealthy. But with a few tweaks to a recipe, the food could truly nourish your body and soul.

Here is a recipe for Southern Barbecue Green Beans
Makes four 4-oz. portions

1 oz. Bacon-22-26 Slices Diced 1/4"
1 oz. Onions-Yellow, Fresh Diced 1/4"
1 oz. Ketchup, Bulk, Canned
3 oz. Light Brown Sugar  Volume
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
10 oz. Fresh Green Beans

1) In a skillet, brown bacon and onion until fat is rendered.  Do not drain.
2) Stir in ketchup, sugar and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.
3) Steam green beans until tender.  Drain well.  Place 4 lb beans in each 2" half pan.  Spread 3 1/2 cups sauce over beans.  Do not mix.  Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degree F. oven for 10 minutes or until topping is sightly crispy and brown.  CCP-- Minimum internal temperature should be 155 degrees F. or above.  CCP-- Hold hot (140 degrees F. or above) for service.
4) Shelf Life:  If left over, do not reuse.

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