Red Eye Gravy

Red Eye Gravy, also known as poor man’s gravy or red ham gravy, is an instantly recognizable Southern staple. Some folks even throw in a little red pepper to make it redder. But with this recipe, you just mix everything in the skillet and generously pour over your ham and biscuits—or wherever you like it best.

This recipe is featured in our Loveless Cafe Cookbook!

Servings: 4



  1. In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add ham slices and warm until the ham starts to juice.
  2. Flip ham and cook for approximately 3 minutes per side.
  3. Remove ham and deglaze the skillet by adding coffee and brown sugar.
  4. Over medium-low heat, bring sauce to a slow boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat and spoon sauce over ham (and everything else) before serving.