Red-Eyed Gravy and Country Ham

Red-Eyed Gravy and Country Ham

Join renowned chef Brenda Gantt in her latest YouTube video as she demonstrates how to make the classic Southern delicacy of Red-Eyed Gravy and Country Ham. Watch as she expertly cooks the salty ham and creates a flavorful gravy infused with rich coffee. Indulge in the savory and unique flavors of this traditional Southern dish with Brenda Gantt.

Red-Eyed Gravy and Country Ham is a beloved Southern dish that combines the salty richness of ham with the unique flavors of a coffee-infused gravy. In this recipe, we will guide you through the steps to create this traditional and flavorful dish that is sure to become a favorite. Let’s dive into the details of this Southern delicacy.


4 thick slices of country ham
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Water, as needed


Preparing the Country Ham:

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Place the country ham slices in the skillet and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side until they are browned and heated through.
Remove the ham slices from the skillet and set them aside.
Making the Red-Eyed Gravy:
4. In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium.

Pour the brewed coffee into the skillet, using it to deglaze the pan by scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
Add the brown sugar (if desired), black pepper, and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
Add water to the skillet, a little at a time, stirring constantly, until the desired consistency of the gravy is achieved. Typically, 1/2 to 1 cup of water is added.
Continue simmering the gravy for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly.
Taste the gravy and adjust the seasonings as desired.
10. Place the cooked country ham slices on a serving plate.

Pour the red-eyed gravy over the ham slices, allowing it to soak into the meat.
Serve the Red-Eyed Gravy and Country Ham with your choice of side dishes, such as biscuits, grits, or fried potatoes.

For a sweeter gravy, you can increase the amount of brown sugar or add a touch of maple syrup.
Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes based on your spice preference.
If you prefer a smoother gravy, you can strain it before pouring it over the ham slices.
Leftover red-eyed gravy can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Enjoy the unique and savory flavors of Red-Eyed Gravy and Country Ham, a true Southern delicacy that is sure to impress.


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