Shoney’s Famous Strawberry Pie

Did you grow up with Shoney’s Big Boy?  He was so cute, I didn’t care that I had to wait to take a seat, and then sit and wait to get my burger.  The burger Big Boy hoisted above his head looked delicious.

The best part after eating the burger was their famous strawberry pie!

Shoney's Famous Strawberry Pie

Now that Shoney’s is closed in our area (and in many others), I’ve searched for my favorite Shoney’s strawberry pie replica.  The recipes are everywhere.  Many claim the Shoney’s name, but they aren’t all the same.  This recipe (which is a combination of two recipes from my old recipe books) suits my family’s taste buds.  I hope it suits yours, too.

After preparing the filling over the stove, remove from heat to cool.

Shoney's Strawberry Pie Filling

Meanwhile, sprinkle sugar into two baked deep-dish pastry pie shells.  (I buy pie crusts ready-made, because I’m pastry-crust-challenged.)  Chop one quart of strawberries and place over sugar in crusts.

Berries in Pie Shell

When filling is cool enough to not “cook” the berries, pour into the pie shells, dividing evenly.

Does this glossy-ness make you want to dive right in?

 

Pie with Filling

Refrigerate until filling is set.  Slice your strawberry pie and top with whipped cream.

Shoney's Famous Strawberry Pie

Or, if you’re lazy like me, plop a pile of whipped topping over it.  I load topping by the slice because some in our family like a little topping (me), and others like loads of it (Fun Son).

Shoney's Famous Strawberry Pie
 
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Strawberry Pie just like you ate at Shoney's Big Boy Restaurant.
Kim:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 pies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart. fresh strawberries
  • 1 small box strawberry jello
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • 2 deep-dish pastry crusts, browned according to package directions.
  • Whipped topping or whipped whole cream (Yum!)
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 cups sugar with cornstarch. Add water and salt. Cook over medium heat until it thickens and turns clear. Add the strawberry jello and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and set aside until cool.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle ¼ cup sugar in bottom of each cooked pie shell. Chop strawberries and place in bottom of both pie crusts.
  3. When jello mixture is near room temperature, pour over berries and chill until firm.
  4. Top with whipped topping or whipped cream.

How do you like your strawberry pie?  Are you a whipped topping  person or a whipped cream  person?  And, do you like just a little, or do you like a lot?

We may miss Shoney’s Big Boy, but we don’t have to miss their pie!  🙂

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Comments

  1. says

    I think this is exactly the recipe I use. I almost always have only made one pie, so have to look around to find mine. But it is VERY close and the best one I have seen online. I just don’t like store bought glaze stuff. So, I know this is good.

    • says

      Yes, Sheryll, all the recipes I’ve found are similar. The two in my recipe book are, also – one with sugar in crust and Sprite and then one without both. “My” version may be on line somewhere by coincidence. Surely someone else in the world has tried this same combo, since the recipes on line are so close to the same ingredients and amounts. I dislike store-bought glaze, too. 🙂

  2. says

    I never tasted their pies. I was always more of a shake girl, but this pie you’ve posted looks fantastic!!! I think there might still be a Big Boy here a town called Independence, MO. which is not too terribly far from here. I don’t know if it’s the original Shoney’s Big Boy or not. They still have the Big Boy sign out front! I’m going to share you post with my Mom who loves strawberry pie.

    • says

      Thanks, Alycia. I hope your mom is interested in trying it. There are a few Shoney’s Big Boys around, but they’re rare. 🙂

  3. Vicki Daugherty says

    This looks yummy and my honey would love for me to make it…..we’ll see! Just made his favorite cherry cream cheese pie this week, and we neither one need more pie! Thanks for sharing, I’m new here. Vicki in KY.

  4. says

    Shoneys….Omigosh does that bring back memories, mostly of hanging out in high school. I must confess to never having eaten the strawberry pie and it sounds like I missed something.

  5. Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside says

    It looks delicious! It’s very similar to an old recipe I just used at Easter from my husband’s grandmother! Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    In the north we had Big Boy’s too…but not Shoney’s. I don’t remember eating there very often, except for dessert, and yes, it was the pie. Your pie looks fabulous and easy. Last year, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality shared her recipe…you’ll have to compare. As far as whipped cream. I’m a snob. Big time. The only whipped cream I want is the real deal and it takes all of one minute to whip it up, so we do. Mmmmm. Good!! And once you have it…nothing compares. Have you tried it? Your family will love you even more. (just kidding!)
    Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe at Monday Funday!
    Wishing you An Extraordinary Day! 😉

    • says

      I absolutely have whipped cream for the real deal. We love it, but we live too far from civilization to run to the store for whole cream. If I plan ahead, that’s one thing. Mostly, I spur-of-the-moment cook, so I try to have things on hand for that, like Cool Whip in the freezer. Hey, I wonder if you can freeze whole cream and then whip it up!

  7. says

    This is one of my favorite recipes from childhood and I LOST it!!! So i’m THRILLED to have found it here! I’ll be pinning and I’m sure I’ll be making it soon too!

    Helen
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  8. rainonatinroof01 says

    Mmmmmm…………I love me some Shoney’s and its been SO long since I’ve been! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods Monday! Love having you party with us!! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  9. says

    “My” shoney’s has also closed. I have not had that pie in YEARS but I remember it being a real treat if my parents would let us order the pie too after our Shoney’s dinner. I am your “next door neighbor” in Alabama.