Monday, March 8, 2010
Ham Steak and Red Eye Gravy with Fried Apples
Tonight, if I understand this correctly, we had breakfast for dinner. While in the North, we eat ham for dinner, in the South, ham with red eye gravy, grits and fried apples are breakfast food. This is easy, as well as being tasty. The whole dinner took about 20 minutes. Fry the ham whilst frying the apples in butter and a little water. Boil water and stir in the grits. Grits can be lumpy, but not nearly as much as corn meal. Just mash the lumps with a wooden spoon. Stir in some cheese. Bingo, dinner, as well as two recipes knocked off.
One of the benefits of doing this is you find out what some of this stuff is, as in red eye gravy, which turns up in various novels about the South. Red eye gravy is water dumped into the frying pan after you fry the ham. Then, you boil the water while stirring to get up the burnt bits. You get this dark watery stuff that is red eye gravy. I actually can't tell you how it tastes. It was eschewed by both the Berkshire Farmer and the Berkshire Farmer's Husband.