On Line Cookbook

Red Eye Gravy

Recipe Information
William Bohannon


  • 1/4 Cup (60 ml) of fried ham drippings
  • 1/4 Cup (60 ml) fine chopped onion
  • 3 Tbs (45 ml) flour
  • 1-1/2 Cups (350 ml) water or ham stock
  • Heat drippings.
  • Add flour and brown lightly.
  • Add onions and stir.
  • Brown flour and onions lightly.
  • Add liquid all at once.
  • Mix well with fork or whisk.
  • Simmer to desired thickness.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, red pepper.
Red eye gravy was invented in a truck stop by a waitress. She made it by thickening the grease that was left on the grill in the late night hours for her truck driving customers. Her grease was a mixture of Ham, Bacon, Sage sausage, Smoked Sausage, Pork Chop, Chopped Beef Sirloin. She served the gravy over thick white grits and biscuits.