Ree Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce Is the Best Ever, According to Reviewers

Is it even Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce? Whether it’s made from scratch or served straight from the can groves and all, cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving side. And celebrity chef Ree Drummond puts her own spin on it. The result is a five-star Pioneer Woman cranberry sauce that gets rave reviews.

Ree Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce recipe couldn’t get much simpler

'The Pioneer Woman' star Ree Drummond wears a bright colored top and smiles during an appearance on 'Today'
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Looking for a basic cranberry sauce recipe? Then look no further. Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce recipe is basic in all of the best ways. Per the blogger-turned-TV star’s Food Network recipe instructions, it requires only a handful of ingredients. 

The Pioneer Woman host’s recipe begins with what else, cranberries. In this case, she uses fresh, not frozen. After giving them a good rinse in cold water she the cranberries into a saucepan on the stove. 

Next up is giving the cranberries some sweetness and acidity. Drummond’s picks for this include more cranberries — this time in juice form — along with maple syrup and “anything citrusy” such as the rind or juice of a lemon or orange. 

That’s basically all of the work done. Well, the stove does the rest of the work. Drummond leaves the cranberry sauce over the heat to thicken. Once it’s reached the desired consistency she takes it off the heat to cool. 

Reviewers love the Pioneer Woman’s Cranberry Sauce

Ree Drummond and Daphne Oz
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At the time of writing, Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce recipe averages five stars on Food Network’s website. It has nearly 20 reviews, which doesn’t exactly make it one of her most popular Pioneer Woman recipes. However, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Some who made the Super Easy cookbook author’s Cranberry Sauce at home have even dubbed it the best. 

One reviewer said two years in a row Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce is “the only cranberries I’ve made that actually get eaten.” Another shared they “absolutely love” the Pioneer Woman recipe. “I’ve been making it for family and friends for about 5 years now,” they wrote. Others remarked that it’s now a must-have on their Thanksgiving dinner menus.  

“I’ve been making this for many years now. It’s the best I have ever had!!!,” one person wrote. Another called it “absolutely the best cranberry sauce I’ve ever had,” adding that it’s “now become a part of our traditional Thanksgiving dinner.”

 It’s “hands down, the best cranberry sauce ever! I need look no further for a perfect cranberry sauce,” said another. And, perhaps what might be the best thing for a Thanksgiving dish, one reviewer described the cranberry sauce as “very forgiving,” explaining that every year they “make it a little different and it is always amazing!”

The Food Network star makes the Thanksgiving dish in 20 minutes

Not mentioned by reviewers but perhaps another major selling point of Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce is how quickly it can be on the table. Maybe it’s how she has time for other Drummond family Thanksgiving traditions? Because her Cranberry Sauce takes only 20 minutes to make.

Best of all, most of the time — 15 minutes — is spent cooking. Meaning there isn’t much else to do besides stand in front of the stove and give it the occasional stir. 

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