Who’s your pick to win the 136th Kentucky Derby?
Luckily I have all the makings of a Derby Day feast in my pantry. Not long ago I ordered some Kentucky country ham from Finchville Farms. They ship authentic country ham from the bluegrass region of Kentucky, not far from where I grew up. Their hams are sugar cured using no nitrates or nitrites in the process. They offer a variety of products from a whole uncooked country ham to a ham that is cooked, boned and thinly sliced so that it is ready to enjoy when it arrives.
When I cook the ham I'll make good use of the drippings by pouring in a little black coffee to simmer down into Red Eye Gravy. I'll serve the ham steaks with Southern Style Green Beans, and mashed potatoes or Cheese Grits, not forgetting a side of home cooked Biscuits. For dessert you can't beat my Aunt Hen's "Brownie Pie", a wonderful version of the recipe for a guarded Derby favorite.
Country Ham Steaks with Red-Eye Gravy
one package of country ham steaks
1/2 cup black coffee
up to 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
Brown country ham steaks in a hot skillet (I used a cast iron skillet) turning the steaks several times until done, being careful not to overcook it in the process.
Remove the ham to a warm plate and tent with foil or let it rest in a slightly warmed oven while preparing the gravy.