By Ari Weinzweig
Fried pie? Yep! You read that right! If you’re from Tennessee, it’s likely that you know fried pies, or “hand pies,” quite well. If you’re not, the entire concept might seem sort of strange. Take my word for it, these babies are delicious! Best I can tell, the fried pie is a long-standing tradition in the South. They’re called hand pies because unlike a slice off a bigger, round pie, fried pies can easily be eaten out of hand. They could be brought to work, to the fields, really anywhere! Zingerman’s Bakehouse has been making them regularly and shipping them across town to the Roadhouse where they’re quickly becoming a staple on our All-American dessert list. Hot out of the fryer, they’re good with a scoop of Zingerman’s Creamery gelato. Of course, you can also do what farmers in the south might and pick one up to go. They’re really just as excellent when you eat them at room temperature. Flavors change regularly—cherry, apple… we’ll see what other good offerings emerge from the Bakehouse pastry kitchen. Order one up soon. Better still, buy a box and bring them home!! They are hard to resist!
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