Mark Steines teams up with actor Kavan Smith for this hearty recipe.

Ingredients for Ham Steak

  • 2 Ham Steaks
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Ingredients for the Creamy Grits

  • 1 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cups Water
  • ½ cup Coarse Ground White Corn Grits
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Ham Steak with Red Eye Gravy - Home & Family


1. Melt bacon fat in large sauté pan. Add ham steaks and cook on medium high until browned, then flip and brown the other side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove ham steaks to serving platter.

2. Add coffee, water and molasses to pan and bring to boil. Scrape bits from ham into gravy. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Pour over ham steaks and serve with grits.

Serves 2

1. Bring milk and water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Whisking constantly, pour in the grits. Add 1 teaspoons kosher salt, reduce to a bare simmer, and cook, whisking every 2 to 3 minutes, until creamy and tender, about 25 minutes.

2. Remove saucepan from heat. Whisk in butter. Season to taste with pepper and more salt, if necessary.

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