Red Eye Gravy
I hate to admit this -- I'm Southern and every attempt to make red eye gravy has resulted in disaster. None of my friends cook, so I'm at a lost at who to ask.. Can anyone give good recipe or just tips on how to make the gravy?
My favorite variation is with Cola soda in lieu of coffee--very sweet and nice accompaniment to the ham. I always let it reduce far--till it's a sweet syrup.
Red eye "gravy" is traditionally not so much a gravy as a pan sauce. the basic recipe is to pan fry some fatty country ham, remove the ham slice and deglaze the pan with about a cup of coffee (chickory coffee for an even more southern flavor), and maybe dissolve in a little brown sugar, but that's optional.
I like something more upscale and use this recipe, which is really nice because you can prepare it the day before, so the flavors really marry and mellow:
I will pan fry a ham steak. I'll add a chunk of onion in there as well. Once the ham gets some crust on it and the onion is starting to take on some colour I add some coffee. One or two cups, not too much. Then just simmer. Once the onion starts to fall apart and the ham is separating at the seams, it's done.
Best served over grits.