Southern Fried Pies by Frankye

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Frankye Ward, fried pies

They call them “turnovers” up North, but here in the South, the term “fried pie” describes these no-nonsense little packages of dough and filling quite nicely.

They’re versatile – just about any filling seems to suit – and easy to make if you don’t get too fancy with the recipe. Best of all, the tastiest fried pies use basic ingredients that most good cooks keep on hand.

Get the Recipe

Want to try your hand at making fried pies? Frankye shares her recipe for chocolate fried pies.

One of those good cooks is Frankye Ward of Centerville, who has turned her simple but delicious fried pies into a successful seasonal business.

It all started last year when Ward set up a table at the local farmers market to unload (ahem, sell) the jams, jellies, relishes, breads, sweet rolls and other things her overzealous white thumb concocted through the canning season.

Fried pies

Where To Find Fried Pies

Frankye Ward dishes up tasty versions at Centerville’s farmers market, while an enterprising Knoxville woman, Dale Mackey, is selling her pies from a mobile food truck. For more information, visit Dale’s website or call (865) 236-1590.


  1. Joseph M.Mills

    March 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    What would be the cost of 30 each fried apple,peach,and cherry pies shipped to my address in New Market,Tn.on Sept.30.2011

  2. Jessy Yancey

    April 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm


    We did this story a while back. Try this website for more information on cost and shipping:

    Jessy Yancey

  3. Robert A Vlosich

    September 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Searching For The ” Old – Fashioned” Fried Pies That I Enjoyed In My Childhood Probably Made With La rd For that Excellent Fried Flavor. Would Very Much Appreciate Info Regarding How I Could Order The Pies,The Flavors Available And The Cost To Order, Also Any Descriptive Flyers That Could Be Mailed To Me In Wisconsin. Thank You For Your Help.

  4. mary ann holmes

    September 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    hi, I would love to have some really good home made fried apple pies or fried turnovers, please email or call me with more information on how to purchase these wonderful looking pies! phone number is 321 208 5247, they are hard to find down here where im from

  5. Gary Hatmaker

    September 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Would you please share your full recipe for fried apple pies? I have searched for it and the only recipe of yours I have been able to find is the chocolate fried pie.
    Thank you for your response.


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