Red- and Black-Eyed Gravies

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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 Gravies

Great Gravies For Anything

Either 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!

I made these gravies in my cast iron skillet. There’s just something about making gravy in them that is different than using a plain ole skillet. It’s like when you make gravy for biscuits. It’s ten times better out of cast iron.

This recipe is based on a recipe from Paula Deen.

Red- and Black-Eyed Gravies
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Red- and Black-Eyed Gravies

Red- and black-eyed gravies are a staple in this house.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword gravy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 ounces
Calories 30kcal


For red-eye gravy

For black-eye gravy, add


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.


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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