Friday, March 5, 2010
A Little Taste From My Past...!
Maybe you've noticed...but I like food!
I don't mean, like it just a little, I like it a LOT! Being one of four children in a working class family, some of my most fond memories are based around food!
I think that's because my parents did everything they could to make sure that we not only had enough to eat...but that what we ate was often a lot of fun! Mom and Dad were both masters at taking ordinary food items and turning them into fun and interesting meals or snacks.
Things like fried pies made from canned biscuits! Back in those days, you could buy canned biscuits for something like 4 cans for a dollar. At that price, if you got creative, you could make a whole bunch of tasty treats for everyone in the family, and could do so without breaking the food budget!
Some of the things that Mom came up with using canned biscuits was fried donuts, dumplings for soups and stews, wraps for small cocktail sausages (little smokies) for pigs in a blanket, and my favorite of all...the famous fried pies with tasty filling!
This is so simple, but I can almost guarantee that any and all kids that like pie or pastry will really be fond of them! My personal favorite was filled with apple butter!
One can of biscuits, opened
Apple butter (or pie filling of choice)
oil for frying
Take and roll the biscuit out to a small circle, or use a cookie cutter ( I used to use a water glass), put a large spoonful of apple butter or pie filling in the center of the dough, fold over and seal with a fork. If you moisten the edge of the dough first, then press down with the tines of the fork, they seal pretty good!
Meantime, heat the oil in a cast iron skillet (or skillet of choice) and when it is good and hot, but not smoking, gently place the sealed biscuits in the pan. If you use peanut oil for frying, there will be no smoking and it also imparts a nice little taste in the background!
After the pie is browned on both sides, remove to a paper towel...or a couple of paper coffee filters and let drain. At this time, you can dust with powdered sugar, but they really don't need it.
Now, for a slight change to this recipe, you could use flour tortillas instead! Works almost as good, and there again tortillas are a cheap food item!
The reason for my posting this recipe is simple...I have had a major craving for fried pies lately! Must be an age thing! These are so simple, so good, and so full of memories for me!
Now, my friends, let's get some coffee and sit outside on the patio for a bit. Want a fried pie with your coffee?