Assistant fire Chief Craig League with Walton County Fire Rescue has been praised as an accomplished fire station cook. League offers readers these holiday recipes to try.

Pecan Pie

(Makes 2 pies)

2- Regular size frozen pie crusts

5- Eggs, beaten well

1- cup sugar

2/3 cup Karo Syrup

1-tsp Vanilla Extract 

1-stick of butter, melted

1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided

Combine eggs, sugar, syrup, vanilla, and melted butter, until blended well. Take the pie crusts and pour 3/4 cup of the chopped pecans into each, then spread the pecans evenly. Pour half of the egg mixture into each pie crust on top of the pecans. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until browned. 

Smoked Turkey

and Sausage Gumbo

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped bell peppers

1 pound smoked sausage, such as andouille or kielbasa, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

3 bay leaves

6 cups chicken broth

1 pound smoked turkey meat, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 bag frozen cut okra

Combine the oil and flour in a large cast iron or enameled cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Stirring slowly and constantly for 20-25 minutes, make a dark brown roux, the color of chocolate. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers, Cajun seasonings and continue to stir for 4-5 minutes, or until wilted. Add the sausage, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves. Continue to stir for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth. Stir until the roux mixture and water are well combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Add okra. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

Serve in bowls with prepared long grain rice, prepared according to directions.

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