Ham and Red-Eye Gravy
It's legend that General Andrew Jackson told his cook, who had been drinking the night before, that for breakfast he wanted ham with gravy as red as his eyes. This gave ham gravy a new name. Serve with biscuits, if you like.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 4
4 slices country ham, ¼" thick
1 cup hot coffee
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Place a skillet over medium heat. Place one or two ham slices in the skillet and cook each side for 3–5 minutes, or until the ham is browned and the fat has rendered. Remove ham from the skillet and keep warm.
Add ½ cup of coffee to the skillet with the brown sugar. Stir until it is melted. Add the ham slices back to the skillet, cover, and cook 3 minutes. Remove the ham to a plate and keep it warm.
Discard any pieces of fat in the skillet. Add the rest of the coffee. Increase the heat to medium-high, and stir to remove any stuck-on bits. Simmer for 3 minutes.
Pour the gravy over the ham and serve while warm.