Country Ham with Stone-Ground Grits and Redeye Gravy

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
1 hr 20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Four 2-ounce slices country ham
  • 1/4 cup brewed strong coffee
  • Pats of butter, for serving
Directions

In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the grits and return to a boil. Season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Decrease the heat to low and simmer until creamy and thick, stirring often, 45 to 60 minutes.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the country ham and cook until crisped and golden brown on each side, about 5 minutes. Remove the ham and keep warm. Add the coffee and 1 cup water to the skillet, scraping up any brown bits with a wooden spoon. Simmer until the "gravy" has reduced to about 1/2 cup, 3 to 5 minutes.

Spoon the hot grits into warmed bowls. Top each with a pat of butter and black pepper to taste. Top with the ham and ladle over the gravy. Serve immediately.


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