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Easy Redeye Gravy

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
This recipe was a special treat for reader Melody Lee during childhood visits to her grandmother's farm.  A classic Southern recipe, redeye gravy is served on a biscuit with ham for a hearty breakfast or brunch.


  • 6 frozen biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 biscuit-size country ham slices
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Prepare frozen biscuits according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham, and cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned; remove ham.

  3. Add flour to skillet; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Add brewed coffee, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes or until thickened; return ham slices to skillet. Stir in salt, pepper, and, if desired, hot sauce.

  4. Split warm biscuits in half. Top bottom halves with ham slices. Pour gravy over ham; cover with remaining biscuit halves. Serve immediately.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used White Lily Southern Style and Buttermilk Frozen Biscuit Dough.