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Roast goose with potato & stuffing

Roast goose with potato & stuffing

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Prep: 4 hrs, 30 mins - 5 hrs (including 3.5 - 4hrs simmering and roasting)

Moderately easy

Serves 6
As a Christmas turkey alternative, roast goose - free-range and oozing with flavour - is hard to resist

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Nutrition

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Ingredients

  • 4½ kg oven-ready goose, neck, giblets and wishbone removed and saved for the stock

    Goose

    goo-ss

    A traditional alternative to a Christmas turkey, goose is packed with flavour, with rich,…

For the stock

  • 1 onion, sliced

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 carrot, sliced

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 bouquet garni (a sprig of thyme ; 3-4 parsley stalks; 1 celery stick, sliced; and 6-7 peppercorns - all in a muslin bag)

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

For the potato stuffing

  • 25g butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 450g onions, chopped

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 450g cooking apples, peeled and chopped

    Apple

    ap-pel

    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 2 tsp thyme or lemon thyme leaves

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2-3 tbsp fresh orange juice

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 900g floury potatoes, halved if large

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 3 tsp finely grated orange zest

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

To serve

  • bay leaves
  • Bramley apple sauce

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

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Method

  1. Make the stock. Put the neck, giblets and wishbone from the goose into a large saucepan with the vegetables and bouquet garni. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil then simmer, half covered, for 11⁄2-2 hours. Strain the stock when it is ready. (You can make and strain the stock up to 24 hours ahead, and keep it in a covered container in the fridge.)

  2. Make the stuffing. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan, add the onions, cover and sweat on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes. Tip in the apples, thyme and orange juice and cook, covered, until the apples are soft and fluffy – about 10 minutes.

  3. Boil the potatoes in their skins for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain and peel when cool enough to handle, then mash and add to the fruit and onion mixture with the zest and seasoning. Allow to get quite cold before stuffing the goose.

  4. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Season the cavity of the goose with salt and freshly ground pepper and rub a little salt into the skin. Stuff the cavity loosely and roast for about 2 hours. To test if it’s done, prick a thigh at the thickest part: the juices that run out should be clear. If they are still pink, the goose needs a little longer.

  5. Put the goose on a serving platter and put it in a very low oven while you make the gravy. Spoon the fat from the roasting tin and save it in a covered container in the fridge – it will keep for months and is great for roast potatoes. Pour about 600ml/1 pint of the strained stock into the tin and bring to the boil on the hob. Using a small whisk, scrape the tin well to dislodge the flavourful meaty deposits. Taste, then strain and serve in a hot gravy boat. Serve the goose garnished with bay leaves and hand the gravy and apple sauce separately.

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