Southern Favorites Recipes

Fried Pie

This was one of Mother Scamper’s childhood favorites. Her mother filled them with an endless number of the standard pie flavors. A chocolate pudding filling was a special treat. You can use any mixture that you’d like. FYI when we saw treats like this as a youngster, they were steamed and filled with a slice of fruit. Hmm. 

(Different batter, don’t try it with pie crust)


Fried Peach Pie

  • 2 pkg prepared crust
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 c sliced peeled peaches
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Oil for deep frying about 1 qt


  1. Peeling the peaches is easiest if you make an X in the skin
  2. Then put them into a pot of rapidly boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute
  3. Remove them and immediately immerse them in an ice bath
  4. The skin will come right off, when you pull it
  5. Mix the sugars in a large bowl
  6. Add the sliced peaches and toss
  7. Let stand 1 hr
  8. Then drain the liquid into a pan
  9. Mix the cornstarch and spices
  10. Heat the liquid on a medium flame
  11. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture
  12. Boil until thickened about 2 min
  13. Add the peach slices and stir for 5 min
  14. Roll out the crust
  15. Be careful not to roll it too thin.  If you do it will pop when you fry it and the filling will leak out
  16. Use a 10 inch (approx. 8 is fine too) Our Grandma used a Crisco can
  17. Cut circles in the crust using the bowl as a guide.
  18. Take each circle of crust and lay a few peach slices with sauce in the center. Don’t overstuff it
  19. Fold the dough in half over the filling
  20. Pinch the edges together to seal it
  21. It should like a 1/2 circle pocket
  22. Deep fry for about 5 min until golden
  23. Use a slotted spoon to remove and drain excess oil
  24. Lay them on paper towel for several min
  25. Then serve.

Candied Bacon

These simple little devils are amazingly delicious. 


  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lb thick cut bacon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Mix the pepper with the sugar
  3. Dip each slice of bacon in to coat
  4. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet
  5. Lay the strips of coated bacon on the rack and bake for 15 min until crispy
  6. Let them cool a bit before serving. Hot sugar will give a vicious burn. Warm is ideal.

Beans and Bacon

Brother Scamper’s favorite vegetable 


  • 6 pkg French cut frozen green beans
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb bacon


  1. Fry the bacon in a large, heavy skillet
  2. Remove the cooked bacon and lay it on paper towels
  3. Use about 3 Tbsp of the remaining fat, rendered from the bacon to sauté the garlic briefly. When you smell it cooking, it’s fine
  4. Add the green beans
  5. Sauté for the desired texture
  6. Brother Scamper likes them best after about 40 min, when they no longer resemble green beans. They are really delicious that way but you may prefer some crunch, in which case 10 min may be ideal
  7. You need to test them for your perfect texture
  8. Crumble the bacon and mix it in
  9. Remove from heat and serve.
  10. We have them every thanksgiving.

Next time

Hush puppies

Biscuits with sausage gravy

Cornbread stuffing

Enjoy these treats

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