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Ham with Red Eye Gravy

Chef John

"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

30 m servings 214 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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


Per Serving: 214 calories; 17.1 g fat; 0.6 g carbohydrates; 13.7 g protein; 41 mg cholesterol; 984 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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!!! T...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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!!! T...

Wasn't a bad gravy...think I was expecting something different. I've never made Red Eye Gravy before. It could be operator error:)

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. Ho...

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.

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.

Gray.

it was okay. Absolutely no need to put salt on smoked ham though.

I personally use country ham only! No other versions of ham will make red eye correctly. Get familiar with the saltiness of your ham, as they vary. May need to rinse if too salty AFTER cooking. ...