If you’re a fan of hearty Southern breakfasts, then you know that country ham slices are a must-have. In this article, I’ll share with you my favorite method of frying ham slices, making red-eye gravy, and even cooking country ham slices in Coca Cola. As a Southern farm girl from Kentucky, I grew up raising and curing our own hams. Country ham was always a highlight in our household, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let’s dive into this delicious breakfast treat!
Frying Country Ham Slices: A Simple and Flavorful Technique
Country ham slices should be thick, around 1/4 inch, with a good amount of fat around the edges. To start, heat a large skillet on the stove and add a couple of country ham slices. There’s no need to remove the fat or add any oil or butter to the skillet. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook the slices on medium heat for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side. After a total of five minutes, your ham slices should be beautifully browned and cooked to perfection. Remove them from the skillet and get ready to make the mouthwatering red-eye gravy.
Red Eye Gravy: A Perfect Accompaniment to Country Ham
Now that your ham slices are cooked, it’s time to prepare the red-eye gravy. In the same skillet, add 3/4 cup of cold black coffee to the drippings, scraping any flavorful bits of ham from the bottom of the pan. Next, pour in 1 cup of water and bring the mixture to a low boil, leaving it uncovered. Allow the gravy to simmer for around 8 minutes, allowing it to reduce and thicken. Finally, drizzle the rich and savory red-eye gravy over your ham slices, biscuits, or dip your ham biscuits right into the gravy. You can even sprinkle a bit of black pepper if you like, but chances are the ham itself is already salty enough.
The Coca Cola Frying Method: A Unique Twist
For those looking to add a touch of sweetness to their country ham, there’s another cooking method to consider. Simply cover the bottom of a frying pan with Coca Cola, enough to submerge the ham slices. Bring the pan to a low boil for approximately five minutes, leaving it uncovered. The addition of Coca Cola will impart a delightful sweetness to the ham, enhancing its flavor in a unique way.
Note: If you prefer your ham less salty, you can soak it in water for about 30 minutes before cooking. Remember to remove and pat it dry before frying.
Conclusion: A Southern Tradition Worth Savoring
Country ham is a beloved staple in Southern cuisine, and for good reason. Its rich flavors, when combined with homemade biscuits, eggs, grits, and red-eye gravy, create a truly unforgettable breakfast experience. Whether you prefer the classic frying method or want to explore the Coca Cola twist, cooking country ham slices is a delicious adventure that will transport you to the heart of Southern hospitality.
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