Well here is how you make Red Eye gravy: (adjust the sugar to your liking)The term "red-eye" supposedly comes from the little red circles or "eyes" of grease that form in the gravy on the plate.Vegetable oil
8 slices (1/4-inch thickness) raw country ham (not cured)
3/4 c. black coffee
1 tsp. granulated sugarHeat a few drops of oil in a large skillet until skillet is medium hot. Lay ham slices in skillet. Cook on one side for 8 minutes over medium-high heat. Turn slices and fry 8 minutes more. Pour coffee into skillet with ham slices. Sprinkle with sugar and stir. Cover and let simmer over very low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve ham and the red-eye gravy over grits. Not healthy at all, but oh so good!!
Another one not using country ham: (have not tried this)
Maple Red Eye Gravy
Makes 3 cups
2 cups turkey drippings
1 to 2 cups [COLOR=orange! important][COLOR=orange! important]chicken[/color][/color]
or turkey stock
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup Madeira wine
1/4 cup coffee
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons [COLOR=orange! important][COLOR=orange! important]maple [COLOR=orange! important]syrup[/color][/color][/color]
coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Strain the turkey drippings into a fat separating gravy boat. Wait a few minutes, then pour the drippings into a large [COLOR=orange! important][COLOR=orange! important]measuring [COLOR=orange! important]cup[/color][/color][/color]
, stopping when the fat starts to come out. Add enough chicken stock to obtain 3 cups.
2. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook until a dark golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually whisk in the Madeira, coffee, cream, maple syrup, and the turkey drippings with stock. Return the pan to the heat and bring to a boil, whisking steadily. Simmer the sauce over medium heat until richly flavored and reduced to about 3 cups, 6 to 10 minutes. Correct the seasoning, adding [COLOR=orange! important][COLOR=orange! important]salt [COLOR=orange! important]and [/color][COLOR=orange! important]pepper[/color][/color][/color]