Country Ham and Red-Eye Gravy Danish
A glorious mash-up of pastry and homey Southern comfort, this savory danish with salty country ham gravy was adapted from a recipe by chef Eli Kulp of High Street on Market in Philadelphia.
Yield: makes 1 DOZEN
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp. flour, plus more for dusting
- 1⁄3 cup cup strongly brewed coffee
- 3 tbsp. heavy cream
- 7 oz. thinly shaved country ham
- 1 1⁄2 tsp. sherry vinegar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 (8-oz.) cannisters Pillsbury seamless crescent dough
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 1⁄2 cups grated Pecorino Romano
- Melt butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Cook onion until golden, 8–10 minutes. Stir in flour; cook 2 minutes. Add coffee and cream and transfer to a blender; purée until smooth. Return gravy to pan; simmer over medium until slightly thickened, 2–3 minutes. Roughly chop 2 oz. of the ham; stir into gravy with the vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Heat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, and working with one sheet crescent dough at a time, roll dough into a 9" x 12 1⁄2" rectangle. Cut dough lengthwise into six 1 1⁄2"-wide strips. Twist strips, one at a time, by holding ends of strips and twisting dough in opposite directions. Coil one twist of dough around itself to make a 2" round. Pinch the end of a second twist of dough onto the round; continue coiling dough to make a 4" round. Tuck and pinch end of dough under danish to seal. Transfer danish to parchment paper—lined baking sheets; cover with damp dish towels until all danish are formed. Using your fingers, press and stretch the center of each danish to make a shallow well. Brush danish with egg. Cut out twelve 4" squares of parchment paper; place one square over each danish. Fill wells with dried beans or pie weights; bake until golden and puffed, 10–12 minutes. Remove paper and beans. Spoon gravy into wells of danish, top with remaining ham, and half the pecorino; bake until browned, 6–8 minutes more. Garnish with remaining pecorino.