The Pioneer Woman Hoagies That Are Too Good to Wait for Game Day to Eat, According to Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond’s Hoagies with Quick Relish are the ultimate game day dish. But, as the celebrity chef once said, the Pioneer Woman sandwiches will probably be too irresistible to wait until game time to eat. 

The Pioneer Woman hoagies are ready in 30 minutes

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Not a 16-minute dish like Chicken Taco Salad or ready “pretty darn quick” like Pancetta and Butternut Squash Pasta, Drummond’s hoagies are a 30-minute recipe. 

Per the Pioneer Woman’s instructions (Food Network has all the details), the hoagies should take approximately half an hour to make from start to finish. Additionally, half of that time is only considered “active.” Meaning there’s not much, if anything, to do for 15 minutes except maybe stir a pot or keep an eye on the grill.

Drummond’s hoagies start with a colorful relish

Perhaps the star of Drummond’s hoagie recipe is what she refers to as “quick relish,” featuring a variety of peppers and chilis. 

“That way you get all this beautiful color in the skillet,” she said on The Pioneer Woman. “Aren’t they gorgeous? What a beautiful, beautiful pan full of veggies.” 

As the Super Easy cookbook author explained a large skillet is an essential part of making the quick relish. 

“I’ve got kind of a big skillet going because I want to have a lot of surface area and really get those peppers to cook because this is kind of a quick pepper relish,” she said. 

Once the peppers have been cooking for a few minutes Drummond gives them flavor with salt, pepper, seasoning, and a generous amount of honey and apple cider vinegar. 

Not sure about the apple cider vinegar? Neither was Drummond’s daughter, Alex, who helped film Pioneer Woman episodes during quarantine. But, according to the Food Network star, all of the liquid will cook down. 

The Food Network star grills sausage and assembles the hoagies

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Next up is the smoked sausage Drummond serves on the hoagies with the quick relish. She splits them open and grills them for about three minutes on each side. 

Once they’re crispy Drummond covers each one with a generous amount of provolone cheese. When the cheese is completely melted she removes the sausages from the grill and sets them to the side. 

Finally, it’s time to assemble the hoagies. Drummond puts the sausages on toasted hoagie buns with crispy lettuce. As she reminds viewers, “the sausage with cheese is merely a vessel for this quick pepper relish.”

“If you’re going to make homemade relish I want to see it on that sandwich,” she added while spooning a generous amount of quick relish over each hoagie. 

“There isn’t anything better than this. Grilled sausage hoagies with quick pepper relish. I’m not going to wait for a game to come on TV to eat this. It is just too incredible,” she said. 

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