Red Eye Sauce
This is my version of the classic Southern Red Eye Gravy. Now before any of my health conscious friends wig-out when they
see the pork fat in there, keep in mind that you can substitute some olive oil and pieces of low fat sausage or smoked turkey
neck. Fry off the pieces in the oil to impart the flavors. This smoked flavor, along with the coffee, gives the sauce it's
In a large cast iron skillet, render the fat from
6 ounces pork trimmings
Discard the scraps and sauté off in the fat
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook well, stirring often. Let the vegetables get well caramelized.
Add to the pan
1/4 cup all purpose flour
Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the flour has totally absorbed the fat and takes on a brownish color.
1 cup Coffee
Simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
Serve with Smoked Sausage, Sweet
Tip- Be patient when cooking the vegetables. Cooking them well brings out the sugars, hence the term "caramelized". A true Cajun would never serve their vegetables "au dante"!
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