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As the legend goes, Andrew Jackson once asked his whiskey-drinking cook to "bring some ham and gravy as red as your eyes." And that's how the pan gravy from country ham was named. How true that story is I don't know, but what is 100% true about Ham with Red Eye Gravy that it is a breakfast staple in all Southern States. This recipe we found in America a Regional Cookbook by Mary Brandt Kerr.


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 large ham steaks
  • 1 cup strong black coffee


  • Melt butter in a large heavy skillet and add ham steaks. Fry until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes. Remove ham and set aside. Add coffee to drippings in skillet and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly to scrape and dissolve pan deposits. Pour gravy over ham. Serve with grits. Yield 4 servings.

Categories: Breakfast  Pork  Southern US  Stove 

Author Credit: Mary Brandt Kerr

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