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Country ham with red eye gravy.
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5 from 2 votes

Red Eye Gravy

Red eye gravy is the perfect easy southern breakfast to wake you up in the morning.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 54kcal


  • cast iron skillet


  • 1 slice country ham
  • ½ cup coffee
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Set your cast iron skillet on the stovetop over medium high heat and add your country ham. Cook until warmed through and seared on both sides.
  • Remove the ham from the hot skillet, leaving behind the rendered fat.
  • Add coffee to the rendered fat in the pan and deglaze any cooked on bits by scraping the bottom of the pan as you whisk. Then add brown sugar and butter, continuing to whisk until the gravy is simmering and the butter and sugar has fully incorporated into the sauce.
  • Remove skillet from heat and pour the red eye gravy in a small bowl and serve over ham.


For a different twist, this recipe can also be made with bacon grease.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 39mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg