Do you remember visiting Shoney’s as a kid? I know there are still some around the U.S. but not nearly the number there used to be. With the slimmed down number, comes upgrades and updated looks like this (used by permission of Shoney’s).
But nothing will change how excited I would get when we would drive up the “back way” to Tulsa, through Haskell to visit Nana and Jim-Pa, and as we hit the outskirts of T-Town, I could see the iconic Big Boy
that foretold I would be among the chosen few in my neighborhood because Shoney’s had a buffet and a buffet, to me, was like eating around the world in an hour….why, I could have a little spaghetti like I was in Italy, an enchilada from Mexico, 2 fried shrimp from the Ocean, a baked potato from Ireland, some of that broccoli and cauliflower salad with the really good dressing from some Southerner’s mind and to top it off? Why strawberry pie of course! If I wanted, I could put chocolate syrup on top of the ever-so-cool Reddi-wip! Who, in their right mind, could resist all that? Not the 9-year-old me, that’s for sure. Anticipating the Mount Rushmore of Strawberries encased in some kind of red sweet goo with beautiful ribbons of white Reddi-wip around the edge and mid-way up the mountain made me weak in the knees with joy!
Now for the pie – it’s easy peasy and don’t you just love how pretty it is!!
1 Cup Sugar plus 4 Tablespoons more sugar
¾ Cup water
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 lb Clam Shell of fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
1 flaky pie crust – premade or your own homemade, pre-baked scored with a fork
1 Can Reddi-whip
Chocolate Syrup (optional)
Clean and hull the strawberries. If you don’t want them big and whole, then you can chop them up, I like them whole. Then put the berries in a bowl and sprinkle the 4 Tablespoons of sugar over and around those berries then set aside for at least 30 minutes.
Put the water, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium sauce pan on medium hot stirring constantly until it all turns clear.
Take off the heat, put strawberries in a big bowl then pour liquid over top and gently fold.
Put it all in the pie crust and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Right before serving, spray Reddi-whip around edge of pie and mid-way up.
String chocolate syrup over top if you want.
Serve and Enjoy like you have never enjoyed a pie before!
If you like Southern cooking and recipes or want to learn to cook southern or if you are stationed in some other country like Germany or Japan and your spouse is from Georgia with you being from Michigan – then this cookbook is for you!
It’s hard to pick a fav. I love Lemon. I love Chocolate. But, lately Coconut Cream has been my fav.
I love all three too!
I love chocolate cream
Me too! I think I want to make one today – YUM!
I make a pie similar to this but never thought of the drizzle of chocolate. My favorite pie is blackberry.
Ha! For some reason, I always think of how I can get chocolate in something. 🙂 Blackberry is a fav around here – in fact, I really can’t think of a pie that I don’t like!
Hi Kelli, I just discovered you at Weekend Potluck. Nice to meet you!
My husband absolutely loved Shoney’s Strawberry Pie!! I liked it too but give me the Hot Fudge Cake! Pinning!!
OOPS…I forgot to tell you my favorite pie. Millionaire Pie would be my first choice.
Ooohhhh – Nice and Rich! YUM! Now I’m wondering if I have a can of pineapple in there to make one. 🙂
YUM! I used to have that sometimes – but the Strawberry Pie always did it for me. Thanks for dropping by Kim and please come again!
I love those three also, but I also love a great blueberry pie.
Oh yes, blueberry in May – that’s when they are in season here……….yum!
My strawberry pie comes out to runny what am I doing wrong
Hi Pat – I would let the liquid stay on the heat until it starts bubbling a little – that should thicken it up. I would probably also add an extra bit of cornstarch!
Gorgeous pie! So nice to meet you through your blog…I will be back to explore your yummy recipes!
Great giveaway…love your book choice!
Ahh, I remember “Big Boy” from my time living in Ohio! I’ve never seen one in the North East.
The Big Boy was used for several different recipes (Kip’s and Shoney’s here in Oklahoma) but I believe they stayed in Southern States pretty much………Ohio is close to Kentucky so I would say it’s Southern Enough! 🙂 Thank you for dropping by and please come back again!
Key lime pie is my favorite
That is Mr. Picky Eater’s favorite!
The cookbook sounds wonderful and that Strawberry Pie looks divine!
Peach pie wins the prize here! I love peaches any way they’re prepared! Now, my hubby prefers toasted coconut pie. It’s a little different from most coconut pies and always goes over big in this household! Thanks for all you do Kelli! Especially love the stories of your family. 🙂
You are part of my family too – only thing is, I was too small to have many memories. I sure wish I did though………I love both of those kinds of pie!
My favorite pie is Lemon Icebox…my grandmother’s recipe, but I sure did love some Shoney’s Strawberry Pie when I was younger.
Ooohhhh……..Lemon Icebox. I haven’t thought of that in ages and ages – wonder if I can find my Nana’s recipe?? 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!
Thank you so much for the giveaway! I just recently made a Valentine Custard Pie that was fabulous and I would like to do so again.
That sounds lovely and creamy – yum! Thanks for dropping by and please come back again!
Alright Kelli, I’ve never heard of Strawberry Pie and I’m totally making this for my daughter, this is fabulous! 🙂
Well – you don’t know what you’ve been missing then and your daughter is going to love it!
I’ve never heard of Shoney’s, but I’m so glad you shared this strawberry pie because I’d love to try this one on my own! This is so gorgeous and looks like a total treat. Thanks for the giveaway and Vday love!
Thank you Ala – I have enjoyed it!
lemon meringue is my absolute favorite!! 🙂
Ooh, my family would love this strawberry pie! C’mon summer!!! And such a fun cookbook choice, too!
Thank you! Looking forward to yours tomorrow!
Kim - Liv Life
I have actually never been to a Shoney’s… or a Big Boy for that matter. But then again I’m from California, so that might be the reason! I do remember my cousins talking about Shoney’s though. And from the looks of pie like this? I think I missed out!
I think so – this is really great pie and I have been surprised at the number of people who have said they’ve never heard of strawberry pie too! Thanks for dropping by!
I love lemon meringue in summer and pecan in winter. Yummy!! Strawberry is my Dad’s favourite though.
Those both sound wonderful Cindy!
I love a good apple pie. Warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream!
My husband’s favorite pie and just the way he likes it!
My absolute favorite pie is apple pie.
The husband’s fave too!
Love Strawberry pie, don’t think there is any pie I don’t like! Southern Cooking is my favorite!
We love strawberry pie here – that’s for sure and of course southern cooking is our favorite too!
Pecan pie. Always and forever.
And seeing the Big Boy reminds me of childhood also, but here on the West Coast he stood in front of Bob’s Big Boy restaurants, which were diner-like and sadly, did not have a buffet.
Bob’s Big Boy’s were the original franchise and started in California………..but Southerner’s like their buffet food so most of the Big Boy franchises here that went under a million names – like shoney’s – had them! Pecan pie is great!
Chocolate icebox pie…specifically Luby’s chocolate icebox pie
Oh, that sounds wonderful – and Luby’s was my daughter’s favorite place when she was a kid – we don’t have them here anymore but they are good places to go!
My favorite pie is definitely banana cream pie. It is just so yummy.
I think my favorite pie has to be cherry (or apple or blueberry or peach). Decision is tough. I haven’t thought about Shoney’s in a while! 🙂
I love Cherry!!
I especially like cold pies. My favorite may be a chocolate peanut butter cream pie
That sounds delicious!
Oh my is this an amazing recipe! Thanks for the share and the giveaway!
Thank you! Your recipe book is on my list of To-Buy because it is amazing!
Heather // girlichef
I know I’ve eaten at Shoney’s, but it’s been ages and I can’t really remember it. This cookbook sounds like a good addition to any bookshelf, I need to get my hands on a copy. My all-time favorite pie is Michigan Sour Cherry!
YUM! Sour Cherry Pie sounds wonderful!
DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts
I love hearing memories from your childhood. The pie looks great too.
Thank you! I do tend to talk about them a lot on the blog!
My absolute favorite pie is a homemade lemon meringue pie. YUMMY!
I love it too!!
My absolute favorite pie is a chocolate silk pie. YUMMY!
My favorite pie is pecan, made the way my aunt used to make them, chewy and sticky inside with a flakey crust. We always went to Shoney’s for the breakfast buffet. All you can eat bacon? My favorite thing!
Yes and if the cook knew how to make it really well – I could eat mountains of it too!!
The Better Baker
My favorite pie is either Pecan or Coconut Cream.
Both are great choices – love ’em both!
Banana Cream!, make that coconut cream, no, strawberry. Love anything except meringue
YUM! They all sounds wonderful! I even love meringue. So glad you stopped by and please come back again!
My husband loves that pie!
i love a pecan pie. yum!
Me too! Thanks for dropping by and please come back again!
My favorite pie at the moment is Pecan Pie using the recipe my Dad used…Made one at Christmas, and it was delicious!
Thanks for the chance to win!
YUM! Family pies are the best! Thanks for coming by and entering!
My favourite pie is a whipped cheesecake with fresh raspberries on top.
That sounds delicious! Thanks for stopping by and please come back again!
Love this giveaway thanks!
Thank you for entering!
Hands down, my favorite pie is my grandmother’s pumpkin chiffon with a homemade nut crust. But, will definitely be trying the Shoney’s Strawberry. Looks like a quick and easy dessert.
YUM! You pie sounds wonderful! Thanks for dropping by!
I love Shoney’s pie, and there is nothing better if you add a little chocolate to it.
Oh yes – I actually like MORE chocolate syrup than I put on the pie in the picture but I was a little embarrassed to completely cover it! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and please come again!
The Better Baker
Congrats Kelli!! This lovely recipe received most clicks at last week’s Weekend Potluck. Thanks for sharing with us.
Thank you so much! I am thrilled – you guys always do such a nice feature, I’m lucky to be able to post on WP!
I am a traditionalist and love a good dutch apple pie.
That is a wonderful kind of pie! Good luck!
Strawberry or chocolate. I love them both!
They are both great ones!
Love Key Lime Pie………Yum, yum, yum!
I love caramel pie, coconut meringue and pecan pie.
YUM – those all sound great!
The complete southern cookbook looks very nice. I had to think this through but here is what my heart tells me. When I think of coconut pie, I think of my sweet sister. When I think of Rhubarb pie, I think of my precious mom. When I think of egg custard and how my loving grandma ALWAYS had those ready for us on Sunday afternoon, I think of how my caring brother loves it. When I think of peach pie, I see my loving husband and how he can’t get it down fast enough. Now my handsome dad, as long as his pie had a big dollop of vanilla ice cream, he was plenty satisfied. And me, I just love em all for the great memories they bring.
I love that! What a sweet Pie-ful tribute to your family….why didn’t I think of that?!?! And, they are all great pies too!
Thank you Kelli, i am making the strawberry pie as we speak. Have a great day.
Great! I love it – let me know how you like it!
How precious are our memories! This is beautiful!
Thank you Debbie. You guys are great.
my favorite pie is pumpkin custard pie. But I love sour cherry,strawberry,apple ,lemon meringe, fresh peach.
You are like me – I love just about all pies too!
Shoney’s strawberry pie is a huge favorite. I still have a local Shoney’s in Mechanicsville Va., but it is nice to have the recipe when funds are tight and the family has “the cravins” 🙂
You are very lucky to have a Shoney’s near by!!
I love pumpkin pie!
It’s my daughter’s favorite too!
My favorite is fresh peach pie.
My favorite pie is Pecan Pie! Of course Lemon Meringue is a very close 2nd!!!
Both are favorites in this house too!
I love marionberry pie, it’s always been a staple at thanksgiving and christmas in my family.
My goodness, Alona – I don’t believe I’ve heard of that kind of pie………I must look it up! Thank you!
Blueberry pie is my favorite.
My favorite is a Chocolate Chess Pie.
Mine too! YUM!
i love being a southern girl and the food is great
Love chocolate meringue pie
Kate @ Babaganosh.org
Favorite pie? How do you pick just one? I would say cherry, but made from real, ripe cherries – not those weird fake red cherries in weird red syrup that you get from a can.
YUM! That sounds delicious – when you make one I’ll be right over! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!