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    Red-Eye Gravy

    Source of Recipe

    "The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories"

    Recipe Introduction

    "While gravy spiked with coffee may well be a potent wake-up for the bleary-eyed at breakfast, this preparation most likely gets its name from the oily red-tinged 'eye' that forms in the center of the pan as the coffee is stirred into the grease to make the gravy. That, or Andrew Jackson, who, in a dubious but delightful story related in John Egerton's classic 'Southern Food,' may once have told a hungover cook to prepare him a plate of ham and gravy 'as red as your eyes.'"

    List of Ingredients

    ◦ 1 tablespoon bacon grease or unsalted butter
    ◦ 4 cooked thick-cut country ham slices
    ◦ 1 cups strong brewed coffee
    ◦ 1 teaspoons dark brown sugar or molasses
    ◦ Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    Melt the bacon grease in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Fry the ham slices for 3 to 4 minutes per slice depending on their thickness. Remove the ham slices from the pan and wrap them in foil to keep warm.

    Reserve 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat in the skillet; discard the rest. Add the coffee and brown sugar, stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until reduced by half (about 1 minute). The gravy will be thin like jus.

    Season with salt (remembering that the ham is salty) and pepper. Serve with ham slices and warm biscuits.

    Serves 4
    ( cup per serving)




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