Red Eye Gravy and Biscuits
Beverages, Breakfast, Pork, Sauces

Coffee Isn’t Just for Drinking: Cook with it Too! 6 Delicious Co

Happy National Coffee Day, America!!! Caff-eine Caff-eine Caff-eine YEAH!

Perhaps I might have had a little too much before writing this post. But it was only one cup…

coffee mug planter

I am a coffee drinker. Home brewed usually, or at a local coffee shop with friends (I’m too cheap for THE coffee place). Usually just one cup in the morning with a little half and half and some stevia. How about you?

I also like to cook with coffee. It’s dark rich earthiness adds a great flavor to many dishes. And if you add just a pinch it intensifies chocolate flavor yet is so subtle coffee-haters won’t notice it like in the Black Bean Coconut Brownies.

For those that like coffee flavor I also have these recipes for you:

5 coffee recipes

Coffee Crisps
Cashew Mocha Cookie Bars
Sour Cream Mocha Truffles
Irish Coffee
Homemade Coffee Liqueur (Copycat Kahlua)

I have also put it in stew (delicious) and used it to make Red Eye Gravy. Those of you from the South are nodding, while everyone else may be lost. Red Eye Gravy is nothing more than ham or bacon fat and coffee. No thickener, just a thin meaty, salty sauce. I know, it sounds weird. But trust me it is amazing! And ridiculously simple.

You can serve it with ham steaks for dinner, or make it with bacon grease (oops, I mean “rendered bacon fat”) and serve it with some of my favorite Homemade Refrigerator Biscuits like I did.

Red Eye Gravy

Cook time5 minutes
Meal type Condiment
Red Eye Gravy - simple gravy made with coffee and rendered ham or bacon fat. Southern food.


  • 2-3 tablespoons rendered bacon or ham fat
  • 1/3 cup coffee


The amounts are what I used to take the photo and are estimates. Most Southern cooks won't take the time to measure something like this. If you cook some bacon or ham, save all of the drippings and mix with coffee until it looks "about right".


Melt bacon or ham fat in a pan and add coffee. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. It will be thin and fat will float on top when served.


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8 thoughts on “Coffee Isn’t Just for Drinking: Cook with it Too! 6 Delicious Co”

  1. How interesting! I love adding some coffee to chocolate cake but I’ve never had gravy with it. Sounds really good! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!
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