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                               RED-EYE GRAVY
 
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   Red-eye gravy, to those unaccustomed to the nobler things in life,
   requires first a good, well-cured country ham.  Smithfield and
   genuine Virginia hams are ideal for this.
   
   Take a slice of uncooked ham with most or much of the fat left on.
   Fry the ham in its own fat until nicely browned on both sides.  When
   it is cooked, transfer the ham to a warm platter and add boiling
   black coffee to the skillet, scraping to dissolve the particles that
   cling to the bottom and sides.
   
   That is red-eye gravy, which you pour over the ham and serve.
   
   The name “red-eye gravy” (sometimes referred to as “red-ham gravy”)
   derives from the fact that a circle or oval of liquid fat with a
   slightly reddish cast will form on the surface of the gravy when it
   is reduced. This is the “eye” of the name.
   
   From Craig Claiborne’s “Southern Cooking”
   
   Contributed by Wesley Pitts
  
 
 
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