Aunt Thelma's Red Eye Gravy

Gina Davis


Original Red Eye Gravy is just country ham drippings and strong black coffee. I have had it many times made by my MomMoo (mom) like this poured hot over grits and fried eggs with a hot buttered biscuit to dip in it! YUMMMMM!!!! When I want the real deal this is how I still make it. But my kids think the bitter has to be calmed down so I go to my 79 year old Aunt Thelma's recipe.


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5 Min
20 Min
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  • ·
    country ham slices
  • ·
    fatty country ham scraps
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 c
    strong cold black coffee
  • ·
    water for thinning (if needed)

How to Make Aunt Thelma's Red Eye Gravy


  1. fry your ham slices and remove to plate leaving drippings in the pan
  2. add fatty scraps to pan and cook on medium high heat for 10 to 15 minutes to render fat from scraps. Remove from pan leaving drippings
  3. add 1 tablespoon butter and melt into the "drippings"
  4. stir in 2 teaspoons flour and whisk until brown
  5. add 1 cup strong black coffee and whisk until smooth.
  6. turn heat to simmer and let reduce by at least 1/3. Whisking every so often.
  7. serve hot over grits, mashed potatoes, eggs biscuits any thing that you want to kick the flavor up on :)

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About Aunt Thelma's Red Eye Gravy

Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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