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New England Red-Eye Gravy

I bet most of you will cook a ham steak in a skillet and start soaking that same skillet so that the food is easily cleaned after dinner, don't you? Well, time to stop that! By taking a couple of extra minutes and using those flavorful fonds stuck to your pan, you will have the most enjoyable slice of ham. The South has nothing on our version of a classic, timeless red eye gravy by adding our own little touch. The flavor of apple is a no-brainah when it comes to ham, or any pork product actually. May I suggest using cranberry juice as well, or even a combination of each? Too late, I just did!


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 3 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
  • lb(s) smoked boneless ham, about 1/2" thick
  • 1 cup(s) brewed coffee
  • 1 cup(s) apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 cup(s) molasses
  • 2 tablespoon(s) light or half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

New England Red-Eye Gravy Directions

  1. Add butter to a large skillet(I use cast iron for this recipe) and melt over medium heat. Add ham steak and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until nicely browned, Remove to plate, cover to keep warm with tin foil and set aside. Add coffee and cider to skillet. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the skillet to lift the fonds. Continue boiling an additional 3 minutes. Add molasses, cream and cloves, whisking well. Continue cooking and stirring until smooth and thick, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with ham steak.
  2. NOTE: Your coffee should be very strong. If you are one of the very few who likes their coffee so strong "your spoon can stand up in it", then you are fine. But I suggest you take 2 cups brewed coffee and boil it down to one cup for this recipe.
  3. Makes about 2 cups gravy