Ham with Red Eye Gravy
Red-eye gravy is a traditional Southern gravy made with black coffee and pan drippings. Served over smoky, salty ham, it's a surprising flavor combination.
Ham is fried until golden then served with a hot coffee sauce also known as red-eye gravy.
This classic sauce is made by combining two unusual ingredients.
Redeye gravy is simply butter and ham drippings deglazed with breakfast coffee; serve with country ham for this authentic Georgian recipe.
I’d never had red eye gravy before. It was very different. My husband (the coffee fiend) absolutely loved it. The cayenne pepper helped with the bitterness of the coffee. I used a ham steak, and it didn’t have a lot of fat on it, but there was enough grease to make sauce. Personally, I wouldn’t have wanted more gravy than that. It was fast and easy. Although I wouldn’t make it again just for myself, I will eat it when I make it again for him.
I’m from NC and grew up on red eye gravy. My grandma made this a lot. It was different than this recipe though. She just cooked country ham till it was a little browned and crispy on the edges, long enough to render the fat. Next she would add coffee to the pan and a pinch of sugar. Never saw her add anything else. My grandfather would add some hot sauce when it was on his plate. It’s really simple but the sweet, salty and coffee flavor served with grits, scrambled eggs and homemade biscuits. Man! it was good. I still make it sometimes but it never taste as good as hers did.
The country ham my husband bought was very salty. I didn't add any seasonings because I knew the ham had enough flavor. The next time I would rinse off the ham with water.