Red Eye Gravy is a simple two ingredient gravy that is packed with complex flavors sure to wake up any boring meal.
There are plenty of legends as to how red eye gravy came about and how it got its name. There are also plenty of variations. But, most variations still contain the same two basic ingredients: strong coffee and ham drippings.
The combination of coffee and ham fat may sound like a strange combination to the uninitiated, but the earthy coffee pairs wonderfully with the salty ham fat for a thin but flavorful sauce.
Red Eye Gravy Substitutions and Serving Suggestions
If you don't have ham, you can also use bacon grease for a similar salty fat taste. Cook up some bacon, remove it from the pan, add some coffee and stir to remove the brown bits from the bottom of the pan and warm the coffee.
The coffee should be strongly brewed. Leftover reheated coffee works wonders for this. I know my fellow coffee drinkers are puzzled by the concept of "leftover coffee".
Traditionally the gravy is served with biscuits and ham. The biscuits can be cut open and dipped in the gravy then made into a sandwich with slices of the ham. This makes a great post holiday breakfast for enjoying leftover biscuits and ham.
You can serve it spooned over the ham. You can soak it up with biscuits and skip the ham. Pour some over grits. It is your meal... enjoy it how you like.
Cooking with Coffee
I love 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:
More Coffee Recipes from #OurFamilyTable
And here are even more ideas for cooking with coffee:
Coffee Is not just for drinking!
- Apple Nutmeg Coffee Cake from Jolene's Recipe Journal
- Black Coffee Ice Cream from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Cookies from Palatable Pastime
- Coffee Flavored Macarons from Jen Around the World
- Eggless Coffee Icecream from Magical Ingredients
- Mini Mocha Cheeecakes from Art of Natural Living
- Mocha Brownies with Cafe Latte Frosting from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Red Eye Gravy from That Recipe
Red Eye Gravy
- 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
- 1 cup ham drippings with fat
- After cooking a ham, mix equal amounts of strong coffee to ham drippings in the baking pan and scrape to deglaze the pan.
- Serve warm over grits, biscuits, ham, etc.
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Until next time, happy eating!