Over Easy Ham Steak with Red-Eye Gravy
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
- 1 white onion, roughly chopped
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups strong brewed coffee
- 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar, optional
- 4 ham steaks, trimmed
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 eggs
In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, melt the butter. Add chicken and brown skin side down. Turn over and add chopped onion. Cook until soft and starting to color about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with chicken stock, and add the coffee and brown sugar, if using. Reduce heat to medium and cook the red eye gravy until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 2 to 4 hours. Strain stock into a large bowl and reserve. The chicken can be used for another recipe or discarded.
Preheat a large heavy bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Season ham steaks with black pepper and add to the hot skillet. Cook until golden brown on each side, 6 to 8 minutes and transfer to serving plates.
In the same skillet, once steaks have been removed, reduce heat to medium and fry the eggs to desired doneness.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Recipe courtesy of Aaron May, owner, of Over Easy in Phoenix, AZ.