Well, I usually just use vegetable oil, or other high smoke-point oil such as canola oil or peanut. Being the oil gets so very hot, is what I am thinking about. I always keep a pot top handy to smother any fires, just in case as one never knows. Love fried apple pies!
Thanks Faith; just hearing so much about vegetable oil not being good for you I have been using peanut oil, safflower for stir fry so thought I would ask. I guess a fried apple pie is not good for you no matter what so may as well taste good huh? lol
I suggest grape seed oil for several reasons. To fry apple turnovers with a thin crust you would want the oil quite hot and grape seed oil has a pretty high smoke point (421 °F). You will want the pies to get out of the oil as quickly as possible and not linger to soak up the oil so the oil should be heated enough that the pies sizzle when you gently put them in. Also, grape seed oil is light in weight and taste, so there will be no oily flavor masking the apples and pastry. Another good thing is that grape seed oil has an abundance of health benefits both for internal and skin conditions.
Crisco (solid, in the can) will make your pies turn out beautiful and make them taste so delicious but just a warning, it's not healthy. My grandmother made fried pies when I was a child for us during our summer break with Crisco and I'll never forget how delicious they were! Times were different then, we were very active, never sitting still for a moment so we never worried about fat content or calories like we currently do. Ah, to go back to those delicious, worry free days!