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Fried ham, redeye gravy, biscuits with Blackberry and pear preserves, and country fried eggs!:thumb:
WELL.........Always wandered. What exactly is "redeye" gravy?
Red Eye Gravy
According to legend and not necessarily facts, Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), 7th President of the United States, who was an American General at the time, called his cook over to tell him what to prepare. The cook had been drinking "moonshine" corn whiskey the night before and his eyes were as red as fire. General Jackson told the cook to bring him some country ham with gravy as red as his eyes. Some men nearby heard the general and from then on, ham gravy became "Red Eye Gravy."
Red eye gravy is well known in the South, but little known in the rest of the United States. The gravy is also called bird-eye gravy, poor man's gravy, red ham gravy, and muddy gravy. These hams are very salty and the gravy, made from drippings and black coffee, packs a punch. It is continually debated as to whether the best red eye gravy is made with water or black coffee.
Fried Country Ham
with "Redeye" Gravy
2 thick slices of country ham
2 tbsp. shortening or vegetable oil
½ cup strong black coffee
Heat the shortening in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the ham slices and fry the ham just until it starts to turn brown, about two minutes.
Turn the ham slices over and fry the second side another two minutes.
Remove the ham slices to a plate.
Add the coffee to the hot skillet and stir it with a wooden spoon to release any ham bits in the bottom of the skillet.
Pour the hot “red-eye” gravy over the fried ham slices.