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
Heat the bacon drippings in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
Add the ham slices and fry until brown, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Remove to a platter and keep warm in a low-temperature oven.
Add the sugar and coffee to skillet to deglaze.
Stir and scrape any brown bits from the skillet.
Increase the heat to medium-high.
Add the water.
Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes to reduce.
Place servings of hot biscuits or grits on three plates.
Ladle the gravy over the biscuits or grits.
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.