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Ham & Grits with Coffee GravyHam & Grits with Coffee Gravy

Ham & Grits with Coffee Gravy

By: Aaron B. – 2014 Recipe Contest Submission

A savory breakfast dish made with the Door County Coffee dark roast of your choice, ham and grits. Add a fried egg and a side of fresh fruit, or toast for the perfect start to your day!!

This is a Door County Coffee Fan recipe. It was not made in the kitchens of the Door County Coffee Cafe.

Featured ingredient: Elite Espresso 10 oz. Bag Ground

Ham & Coffee Gravy

  • 1 (3-Pound) Country Ham, store bought, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. fat from Ham
  • ½ C. Door County Coffee Dark Roast, extra strong
  • ¼ C. water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 C. water
  • 1 ¼ C. milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. Quick Cooking Grits (not instant)
  • ½ C. butter
Serve with a fried egg, a side or toast or fresh fruit on the side


1. In a small pot, bring water, milk and salt to a boil.
2. Slowly stir the grits into boiling mixture.
3. Stir continuously and thoroughly until the grits are well mixed. Let the pot return to a boil, cover pot with lid, lower the temperature and cook for approximately 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add more water if necessary. Grits are done when they have a smooth consistency.
4. Stir in ¼ cup of butter into the grits.
5. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
6. Add the fat from the ham and render.
7. Add ham slices and pan-fry until golden brown on both sides.
8. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate & keep warm.
9. Add the Door County Coffee and water to the skillet and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
10. Add the butter and bouillon cube and stir to incorporate.
11. Divide grits into 4 equal servings on plates and top grits with cooked ham slices, coffee gravy and a pat of the remaining butter.
12. Optional: Serve with a fried egg, a side or toast or fresh fruit on the side.