Ree Drummond – aka The Pioneer Woman – is the queen of hearty dishes filled with creamy, cheesy goodness. When the temperature drops and you need a recipe for comfort food for dinner, look no further than the Food Network star. Here are our picks for Drummond’s 10 best comfort food recipes that are perfect for cool winter nights.
10. Ree Drummond’s macaroni and cheese are ‘delicious and easy’
Nothing says comfort food like macaroni and cheese, but it does not have to come from a box. Drummond’s sticky version can be enjoyed directly from the stove. Or you can put it in the oven and bake it for maximum cheesy goodness.
9. ‘The Pioneer Woman’ makes pizza from scratch
Skip the take-out and try making Drummond’s pizza dough from scratch with just some active dry yeast, universal flour, kosher salt and olive oil. Once you have made the dough and the homemade sauce together, you can make her Basic Pepperoni Pizza or Four-Cheese Pizza.
8. Food Network star Meatloaf offers savory bacon slices
If you’re looking for a comfort recipe that can be tossed together in just 15 minutes – and tastes like a gourmet meal – we suggest Drummond’s Meatloaf. This easy dish contains only a handful of ingredients – milk, slices of bread, minced beef, grated parmesan, salt, black pepper, spicy salt, minced flat-leaf parsley, eggs and slices of bacon.
Top the meatloaf with a tomato sauce made from ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of hot sauce.
7. Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs is an all-in-one dinner
Your family will devour Drummond’s Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs that are “lined with ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese.” This all-in-one dinner is quick, easy and delicious and the kids will absolutely love it.
“This is delicious! A new family favorite that disappears, ”wrote one reviewer. Another shared: “AMAZING !!! My 6 year old who never wants to eat anything, swallowed it !! LOVED THIS!”
6. ‘Chuck’s Enchiladas’ is named after Ree Drummond’s father-in-law
Drummond’s cheesy five-star enchiladas are named “Chuck’s Enchiladas” thanks to her father-in-law. This easy recipe can be prepared in advance. When you are ready to cook, just top the tortillas with sauce and cheese and toss it in the oven.
“Nice spin on enchiladas. Almost like a cheese chilada with chili on top. Great taste! ” wrote a happy fan. Another added: “These enchiladas are even more delicious leftovers. I used corn tortillas and doubled the spices as we like spicy. Yummmm!”
5. The best Patty Melt you’ve ever had
Indulging in a homemade Patty Melt can be even more fun than the diner version, thanks to Drummond’s easy recipe. Pioneer Woman’s the version contains layers of sweet caramelized onions, sticky Swiss cheese, spicy ground beef and rye bread.
“These were FANTASTIC! My husband and I have very different tastes and we both loved these! He said it was the best patty melt he has ever had and he has already asked to have them again soon! wrote a happy fan.
4. Ree Drummond’s beef stew with root vegetables can feed a bunch
Drummond’s solid beef stew with root vegetables is a recipe for comfort food that can feed a crowd. It contains tender stewed meat in a tasty beer broth complete with carrots, parsnips and turnips.
If you do not have a crowd to feed, you can easily cut this recipe in half. Or make it all and freeze some for later.
3. Chicken Pot Pie takes time, but it’s worth it
Chicken Pot Pie is the perfect dinner for a cool winter night, and Drummond’s version does not disappoint. This creamy pie filling features tender chicken, light vegetables and a white wine cream sauce with a buttery herb dough topping.
It takes some time to make, but it is definitely worth putting the work into this dish. However, we will not tell you if you take a shortcut and choose a store-bought pie base.
2. ‘Ultra, ultra rig’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
We could not leave out the desserts as we listed Drummond’s best comfort food recipes. Pioneer Woman’s “ultra, ultra-rich” Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie has a crust made from Oreo cookies and butter. And a peanut butter filling that only needs four ingredients – peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping.
Ree Drummonds ‘Knock-You-Naked Brownies’
Drummond says she should only make her Knock-You-Naked Brownies for the people you love because they really are so special. This comforting, decadent dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth and everyone will ask for more.
“This recipe was amazing! Everyone loved it and already asked me when I will do it again !!! Best brownie recipe ever !!! Thank you very much, ”wrote a satisfied fan.
The pioneer woman airs Saturdays on The Food Network.
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