Red- and Black-Eyed Gravies

I love smoked spiral ham. I usually don’t need anything on it. Just give me some ham and I’ll be happy. But recently I started thinking… “Ya know, I’ve never made red-eye gravy before. I should do that.” So I did, and it was good. Very good. But then I thought, “I bet that Sriracha in red-eye gravy would be spectacular.” So I did that too, and it was beyond good. Known as black-eye gravy, it was my favorite of the two, but the competition was close. Red- and black-eyed gravies are a staple in this house.
Red- and Black-Eyed GraviesEither one of these gravies would be great on a steak, too. Or over a sliced beef rib roast. Ooooh, I need to make that. Soon. I do love red- and black-eyed gravies for sure!

Red- and Black-Eyed Gravies

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 /2 cup


For red-eye gravy

  • 1 slice thick-cut smoked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brewed strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For black-eye gravy, add

  • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha


For the red-eye gravy

  • Place the bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until nearly done. Remove the bacon for other purposes but keep the fat.
  • Whisk in the flour until starting to bubble.
  • Add the coffee and water. Bring to a simmer.
  • Add the butter and bouillon and stir until the butter has melted and the bouillon has dissolved.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let simmer until the desired thickness is achieved.

For the black-eye gravy

  • Add Sriracha to red-eye gravy before seasoning with salt and pepper.

Nutritional values are approximate.

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