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Program #103
Guest:Peggy Knight

Country Ham

4 slices Harpers country ham 1/4 cup oil sugar

Grease bottom of cast iron skillet with oil. Add ham and cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes per side. Just before it gets done, sprinkle a small amount of sugar on the slices. Heat for one minute more per side. Serve hot.

Milk Gravy

1/4 cup oil
6 to 7 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 stick butter

In cast iron skillet, mix oil, flour, salt, and pepper. Cook until flour browns. Add butter, then milk and cook until the mixture gets thick. Serve hot.

Redeye Gravy

3/4 cup ham drippings
1/4 cup coffee

Pour ham drippings from iron skillet into heavy bowl. Heat skillet until it is almost smoking and add coffee. Stir and pour into drippings. Mix and serve over hot biscuits.


3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups buttermilk

Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender, fork, or fingers. Add buttermilk and mix well. Sprinkle flour on piece of wax paper. Place dough on wax paper; knead slightly. Sprinkle small amount of flour on top of dough; roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter, dipping it in flour after you cut each one. Place on a well-greased pan, rolling the biscuit over to grease the top side. Bake at 450 degrees about 10 minutes, until golden brown, Serve hot.

makes 3 dozen.


2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 egg, beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon sugar
2/3 cup oil

Preheat oven to 450. Mix cornmeal, flour, egg, buttermilk, and sugar. Heat 1/3 cup oil in 12-inch iron skillet on stove top. Sprinkle some cornmeal in skillet. Pour in corn bread mixture and bake 20 minutes.

Pinto Beans

1 cup dried pinto beans
4 cups cool water
1 tablespoon salt
3 ounces salt pork or hog jowl

Bring beans to a boil for 5 minutes, then cut heat down to simmer for one hour. Cook on medium heat until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Serve with cornbread and onion or chow chow.

Peggy Knight!

The aforementioned biscuits, from Peggy's book.

Johnny Cash loved country ham and gravy.