The way the bitter coffee marries with the sweet, smoky fat is far from unpleasant, and infinitely better than simply pouring the pan drippings over your food.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ham scraps until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate, reserving the grease in the pan.

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  • Place ham slices in the pan and cook over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes on each side. Season both sides with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Remove ham and reserve on a plate.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and sprinkle flour over the pan drippings. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and pour in coffee into the pan. Cook and stir until combined and thickened. Season to taste. Return ham to the pan to warm through.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 13.7g 27% DV; carbohydrates 0.6g; fat 17.1g 26% DV; cholesterol 41.2mg 14% DV; sodium 984mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2012
We liked this recipe very much...I used crushed red pepper...not too much...and make sure you add enough salt!!! Keep tasting until you get it right...it will be bitter if not enough salt!!! Thanks for sharing this!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/28/2017
This must be the "Yankee Version"....it's not bad, but it's not Red Eye Gravy! Real Southern-Style Red Eye Gravy does not have flour or added oil. It's basically just ham grease (cooked off a good country ham) and black coffee. Maybe a little water to stretch it a bit. And it must be served with hot grits and homemade Buttermilk Biscuits! Apple Butter and Fried Eggs, optional! Boy, I miss my grandmother. She made the BEST breakfasts! :-) Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
05/28/2017
This must be the "Yankee Version"....it's not bad, but it's not Red Eye Gravy! Real Southern-Style Red Eye Gravy does not have flour or added oil. It's basically just ham grease (cooked off a good country ham) and black coffee. Maybe a little water to stretch it a bit. And it must be served with hot grits and homemade Buttermilk Biscuits! Apple Butter and Fried Eggs, optional! Boy, I miss my grandmother. She made the BEST breakfasts! :-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2012
We liked this recipe very much...I used crushed red pepper...not too much...and make sure you add enough salt!!! Keep tasting until you get it right...it will be bitter if not enough salt!!! Thanks for sharing this!!! Read More
(11)
Rating: 1 stars
09/09/2017
Very disappointing recipe. Red Eye Gravy is made from the drippings of country (salt-cured) ham. It's not just red gravy. Country ham is not for wimps. You either love it or can't stand it. Hoping some old Dixie gal will post her authentic method. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2013
Wasn't a bad gravy...think I was expecting something different. I've never made Red Eye Gravy before. It could be operator error:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2019
It was to soooo good!! Thank you so much for finally explaining it clearly. I can't believe I have never tried this before. I only wish it had made more. I would like to try to figure out a way to make more, Hogs just don't have a lot of fat on them these days. I am married to a farmer. I left out the cayenne because the farmer can't take spice, but I bet it's awesome with it. Next time i would probably add more fat to possibly double in the end? i had to add water a couple of times during the browning of the ham by the way. I just used a slice of ham which might be part of the lack of fat problem. Anyway it was worth it and i will do it every time I make a slice of ham or a whole ham. Just amazing. Even Farmer Brown liked it and his palette is plain, lol Thank you so much for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2015
I always make changes I cook for 40 Seniors every day. But this is a great base idea. I use really strong french roast and sea salt. I also used honey ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2017
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/08/2014
it was okay. Absolutely no need to put salt on smoked ham though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2018
Wow, some of the replies or reviews are crazy. Chef John states that this is not the "original" red eye gravy. But he knows how to make something delicious. I followed it to the letter and it was great. C'mon, it's just a sauce. I will definitely make again with a little flour. Thickens it beautifully. Read More
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