Redeye Gravy

Redeye GravyRecipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Annette Joseph
Redeye Gravy replaces milk gravy on top of David's Chicken-Fried Steak. Keep this recipe on hand for breakfast, too. Redeye Gravy is great served over hot baked biscuits.



Makes about 4 cups
Total time: 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 thick smoked bacon slices, diced
1/2 cup chopped smoked ham
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup beef broth
3/4 cup brewed coffee
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons cracked pepper


1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add bacon, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes or until done. Add ham and next 3 ingredients; sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is translucent. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add flour. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Slowly whisk in milk and next 2 ingredients; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring often, 14 to 18 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in chives and pepper.