Understand, though, that this isnt culinary rocket science. You prepare your sweetened fruit filling, spread it onto a thin rolled-out circle of pie dough, fold it into a half-moon shape, mash down the edges with a fork, and drop it into the oil. When it turns a golden brown, sprinkle a little sugar on top, and youre there. Betty Crocker might be a tad more specific, but basically, thats it.
So why is the fried pie a Southern dish that has never been embraced nationwide? Lively, for one, is at a loss for an answer. My husband and I were vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico, recently, she says, and we met people there from other parts of the United States who had never even heard of a fried pie.
And that is a crying shame. If you reside above the Mason-Dixon Line, consider yourself duly warned: You dont know what youre missing.