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Country Ham and Red-Eye Gravy

Country ham and red-eye gravy is a traditional part of a Southern breakfast, often served with biscuits and grits. This red-eye gravy served with ham has been a favorite breakfast food for over a hundred years.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 to 3 servings

1/2 tablespoon bacon drippings

3 slices country ham

Pinch or two of sugar

1/3 cup brewed black coffee

1/2 cup water

Hot biscuits or grits, for serving

  1. Heat the bacon drippings in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add the ham slices and fry until brown, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

  3. Remove to a platter and keep warm in a low-temperature oven.

  4. Add the sugar and coffee to skillet to deglaze.

    Stir and scrape any brown bits from the skillet.

  5. Increase the heat to medium-high.

  6. Add the water.

  7. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes to reduce.

  8. Place servings of hot biscuits or grits on three plates.

  9. Ladle the gravy over the biscuits or grits.

  10. Place a slice of ham on each plate.

Per serving (without biscuits or grits): Calories 396 (From fat 168); Fat 19g (Saturated 6g); Cholesterol 63mg; Sodium 2,671mg; Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary fiber 1g); Protein 28g.

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