Cast Iron

Red-eye gravy

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October 29, 2010
Author Notes

This is NOT necessarily a Thanksgiving recipe, unless you want to have it with your biscuits for Thanksgiving breakfast. It is, however, wonderful with ham, biscuits and fried eggs, and I recently had it over shrimp and grits in New Orleans and was stunned by how well it went together! This is not for the faint of heart; it is a strong, tangy, salty gravy, but it tastes like fall mornings. —Kayb

  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 2-4 slices country ham or other cured ham
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup strong brewed (not flavored, please!) coffee
  • 1 cup water
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Fry the ham in a cast-iron skillet. Pour off all but about 2 tbsp of drippings.
  2. Scatter the flour over the drippings. Stir until flour takes on a brown tone and smells nutty.
  3. Pour in coffee and bring to a boil, reducing by about a third.
  4. Pour in water, stir to combine, and serve. Gravy will be thin.
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