Southern fried pies may feature any type of fruit or chocolate, but most classic recipes call for apples or peaches. Traditionally, a southern housewife harvested, dried and later canned the fruit she used to make fried pies from trees growing on her property.
Modern fried pie recipes have several adaptations, such as refrigerated biscuit crusts and pie filling in place of scratch-made crusts and real dried fruit filling. These shortcuts save time and give cooks enough choices to be creative. Some fried pie recipes feature cherries, apricots or blueberries, while others contain sweet potatoes, pumpkin or pecans and are ideal for holiday seasons.