To cook a southern-style fried pie, start by making the desired filling. Next, roll out pre-made biscuits to a 7- or 8-inch circle on a floured surface. Spoon filling onto each dough circle, and then fold the dough in half, pressing the edges together to form a pocket for the filling. Then, place the pies in a deep fryer, frying them until they are golden brown.
One example of a fried pie recipe is Paula Deen's fried apple pies. This recipe makes eight servings and takes about an hour to make.
Start by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in a large sauté pan, and then add 4 sliced and peeled apples, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Cook this mixture over medium heat until the apples are soft, and then let it cool.
Next, roll out biscuit pieces into 7- or 8-inch circles and put 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on each one. Brush the edges of the dough with water before folding over. Seal the folded edges by pressing a fork into them.
Now, preheat a deep fryer filled with oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and place the pies one at a time in the fryer when it is at the right temperature. For even cooking, turn them while in the fryer. When they take on a crispy golden brown color, remove the pies from the fryer. Drain them on paper towels before sprinkling them with powdered sugar.