Redeye gravy is a Southerner's trick of using coffee to make a quick pan gravy from the drippings that remain in the pan after frying ham steaks. In this lightened version we use lean turkey breast cutlets breaded and “fried” in a little canola oil, with just a bit of bacon for flavor in the gravy. Recipe by Joyce Hendley for EatingWell.

Joyce Hendley
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2011


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Place a baking sheet in the oven.

  • Combine flour, poultry seasoning (or thyme, sage and marjoram) and cayenne in a shallow bowl; reserve 1 tablespoon of the mixture in a small bowl. Whisk egg, egg white and water in another shallow bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.

  • One at a time, dredge the turkey cutlets first in the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess, then dip in the egg mixture to coat. Coat on both sides with breadcrumbs, pressing to help the crumbs stick.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add half the cutlets and cook, turning once, until golden brown on the outside and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the cutlets to the baking sheet in the oven. Return the pan to medium heat and repeat with the remaining oil and cutlets.

  • Add bacon to the pan and cook, stirring, until browned and crisp, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Sprinkle with the reserved 1 tablespoon seasoned flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Stir in broth, coffee and sugar and cook, stirring, until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes more. Serve the cutlets with the gravy.


Tip: To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

382 calories; protein 37.7g; carbohydrates 25.6g; dietary fiber 3.2g; sugars 1.5g; fat 13.9g; saturated fat 2.4g; cholesterol 126mg; vitamin a iu 98.6IU; vitamin c 0.2mg; folate 30.3mcg; calcium 19.6mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 36.3mg; potassium 353.5mg; sodium 381.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 1g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Simply Delish! Gotta admit...I LOVE coffee....but was skeptical about adding it to gravy until now. I made this once and then dreamed about having it again. I used half whole wheat panko and the other half regular wheat bread crumbs and otherwise followed the recipe and my whole family loved it. The tenders come out so crispy and the gravy adds a nice depth of flavor...with the right balance of coffee and chicken broth. If you didn't know it called for wouldn't know...but you'd be wondering 'what IS that taste???' I do prefer a thicker gravy than this is so I personally add another tablespoon of flour to mine...and one more suggestion is to add a bit of salt to your cutlets prior to breading. The gravy is salted just right but the tenders have no salt in this recipe. Bon appetite! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 1 stars
Weird We will not be making it again. Pros: This was an easy recipe by... Cons: You could taste the coffee in the gravy we really did not care for this recipe. Read More