Country Ham With Redeye Gravy

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"An old favorite with a little sugar to round out flavors. From Epicurious Double for four."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (209.2 g)
  • Calories 195.6
  • Total Fat - 13 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 60.3 mg
  • Sodium - 1321 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 1.1 g
  • Protein - 16 g
  • Calcium - 11.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step 1

Heat a large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium-high. Cook ham, adding 1/2 Tbsp. butter if ham is lean to help the browning process, until browned and fat has rendered, 2–3 minutes per side. Transfer ham to a platter.

Step 2

Pour coffee into the same skillet and cook over medium-high heat, scraping skillet with a wooden spoon to deglaze and loosen any browned bits. Add broth and sugar; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 1/4 cup, 3–4 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp. butter and whisk until emulsified, about 1 minute more. Pour gravy into a small bowl or serving vessel and serve drizzled over or alongside ham.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I had never heard of Red Eye Gravy until I saw this recipe, and I wanted to try it. I made this recipe exactly as written, although I must admit I had to keep it on the heat about 5 minutes longer for it to reduce and thicken. I enjoyed it....not on the ham steak as much as I enjoyed it on the potato's I served as a side... It was soooo good with potatoes, but I was the only one that thought so. DH liked it, but didn't love it and DD could take it or leave it, but in saying that ....she does not like gravy very much. I enjoyed this recipe, and it did reduce down very nicely,after a longer time, but I must admit that I did prefer it with my potato's.

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(30 Aug 2019)


This is my first time trying redeye gravy...I have to say I didn't care for it...but the hubby really enjoyed it...he poured it on his mashed potatoes...I loved the ham...I need to make ham more often...what an easy dish to did take about 7-8 minutes to get the gravy to reduce...made for FYC tag game...

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(16 Jun 2015)