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Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy recipe as seen on Taste of Southern.

Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Pork
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this traditional Southern favorite of Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy. The gravy may be somewhat of an acquired taste, but it’s too easy to make to not give it a try. We’ll fry up the Country Ham, make the gravy and show you how to take breakfast up to another level. Printable recipe included.



  • Country Ham, cured and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Coffee, black and strong
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter


  1. Cut large ham slices in half for ease in cooking.
  2. Cut slits in the skin and fat around the ham edges to prevent curling while cooking.
  3. Place a skillet over medium heat on your stove top.
  4. Add Butter.
  5. Add ham slices.
  6. Cook ham slices, turning at least once, until cooked as desired.
  7. Ham should reach at least 165º surface temperature to be fully cooked.
  8. Remove ham slices and place on platter.
  9. Pour cool coffee into skillet, scraping pan to deglaze and loosen any ham bits.
  10. Add the cool water. Stir well.
  11. Let the gravy simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes. Continue to stir the bottom of the pan.
  12. Serve red eye gravy over grits and the ham slices.
  13. Enjoy!

Keywords: Country Ham with Red Eye Gravy Recipe, made from scratch, breakfast, pork, southern recipes