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Easy and Unique Red Eye Gravy Recipe

You might be a bit shocked to hear about coffee gravy! Also known as redeye gravy, it might sound a bit strange at first, but don’t knock it ‘till you try it! We have a coffee gravy recipe here for you to make. See it below.

What is red eye gravy?

Red eye gravy gets its name from the way the gravy looks when cooking. The fat from the ham looks like red dots when it floats around on top of the coffee.

Where does red eye gravy come from?

Red eye gravy is a condiment that’s made in the United States, specifically, the South! It’s best enjoyed by being poured on top of country ham.

Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 120ml serving

How to make our red eye gravy (or coffee gravy) recipe

Coffee gravy ingredients


  1. Firstly, brew your coffee in your NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Pod Coffee Machine and set to the side to cool.
  2. Fry the country ham in its own fat until it’s brown on both sides
  3. Once cooked, remove from the pan and leave behind the drippings
  4. Pour in the black coffee and scrape the bottom of the pan as you go
  5. Once all the ham particles have dissolved, you have your red eye gravy!

How do I serve red eye gravy?

A great way to serve this is by pouring the coffee gravy back onto the country ham. Another popular way to serve this is by putting it in a sauce dish so you can dip your American biscuits, vegetables, or ham as you go!

Tips for making the perfect coffee gravy

Of course, you’ll want some top tips to make the ideal coffee gravy! We’ve listed some great ones below:

  • Choose the country ham with the most fat to fry! That way, you’ll get more gravy and more flavour.
  • Make sure your coffee is strong. That’s why we’ve suggested NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Espresso Intenso – our deliciously strong black coffee.
  • Whisking in a little bit of flour can help thicken the gravy but this isn’t common for traditional coffee gravy recipes

We hope this red eye gravy recipe was helpful! Make sure you give it a try to taste the unique and delicious flavours. And, make sure to try out our coffee jelly recipe for another unique coffee recipe!

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