Golden stuffed goose

Golden stuffed goose

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Cooking time

Prep: 4 hrs Including 3 hrs roasting time

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 6

This mix of the traditional and the trendy makes a glorious family lunch and a magnificent centrepiece

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  • 1 oven-ready goose (about 4½ kg/10lb)

For the stuffing

  • 1¼kg floury potatoes, such as King Edward, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 50g butter
  • 8 leeks, trimmed, chopped into long slices and rinsed, trimmings reserved
  • 6 plump garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, stalks reserved
  • 2x 20g packs parsley, leaves chopped, stalks reserved, plus a few sprigs for serving
  • finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons

For the port gravy

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or sunflower oil
  • goose neck and gizzard, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • leek trimmings, finely sliced
  • parsley and thyme stalks
  • 150ml/¼ pint red wine
  • 150ml/¼ pint port
  • 500ml chicken stock

For the apples

  • 230g jar cranberries or port sauce
  • 50g fresh or defrosted cranberries
  • 6 medium Cox or Braeburn apples
  • 25g butter
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar

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  1. Make the stuffing. Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until soft enough to mash, then drain. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large pan and fry the leeks, garlic and thyme leaves, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until soft. Mash the leeks and potatoes together with the parsley, lemon zest and salt and pepper. (This can be prepared up to a day ahead and kept in the fridge until needed.)
  2. Preheat the oven to fan 200C/ conventional 220C/gas 7. Pull out the two big lumps of fat from inside the cavity of the goose. Use a skewer to prick the skin all over, especially on the legs – try not to pierce the flesh. Rub lots of salt over the skin and in the cavity. Pack the cavity with stuffing, then loosely tie the legs together with string.
  3. Lift the goose onto a roasting rack in a large roasting tin. Roast for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4 and roast for another 2⁄2½hours. Meanwhile, make the gravy and stuff the apples (see steps 4 and 5). Check during roasting that the fat released from the goose hasn’t risen to touch the bird – if it’s close, carefully pour it into a bowl. At the end of the roasting time, check the bird is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh to see if the juices run clear; if not, give it another 15 minutes and check again.Remove from the oven when ready and increase the heat to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6, for the apples. Allow the goose to rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  4. For the gravy, heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over a highish heat. Fry the goose neck, gizzard and carrots for 10 minutes until brown. Add the onion, leek trimmings and herb stalks and cook for 5 minutes. Pour over the wine and port and boil for 5 minutes until reduced and syrupy. Pour in the stock, stir well and simmer for about 20 minutes until you have a mahogany gravy. Strain into a small pan, ready to reheat before serving.
  5. For the apples, mix the cranberry sauce and cranberries in a bowl. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of the apples. Score the skin all round their middles, then tunnel out the stalks and cores. Stand the apples on a shallow baking tray. Pile the cranberry mix into the cavities, top with a dot of butter and scatter over the sugar.While the goose is resting, increase the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6. Bake the apples for 20-30 minutes until soft and starting to split and the cranberries are oozing juice.
  6. Reheat the gravy. Put the goose on a large platter, surrounded by the apples and sprigs of parsley. Serve with the potato stuffing, Quick braised celery and carrots and the gravy. And what to do with all the goose fat? Use it to make the duck confit and the roast potatoes.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2003

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myotonicgoat's picture
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tip. if you cant find a goose, a quail will do.

gmunns's picture

Hmmmmm..................My mouth is watering thinking of this recipe. It's a must with roast goose to prick the skin and rub salt in. Rub it in as hard as possible, we tell all our customers, if you do nothing else, make sure you do this. It makes the skin crispy and mouth wateringly tasty..... !!!!
Goose really is best especially if you want something traditional but different and you need to impress..!!
Best thing about Fresh British free range goose is it's seasonal and can only be found in the Autumn/winter. It's definitely worth waiting for Make sure its British though there are cheap imports. For more about Geese have a look at

arunaraja's picture

I made this delicious goose for our Christmas lunch and it was really scrumptous. The stuffing was easy to make and the apples complimented the bird very well. The salting of the goose prior to stuffing helps the roasting process hence a really well cooked goose. The remainder can be stewed. I shall certainly make this again.


kayh900's picture
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Fab - I cooked this today for our family New Years Day meal and it was delicious. Very easy, and the apples stuffed with Cranberries were really lovely.

cancelliari's picture

how can i use left over goose?

cancelliari's picture

how can i use left over goose?

alison160163's picture
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I made this for Christmas dinner about 4 years ago when it was first shown in the Good Food magazine. It was extremely tasty and the stuffed apples went with it very well. The goose was nice and crispy. I didn't find it particularly difficult to make and would suggest giving it a try.

Alison, Hartlepool

cmytton's picture

I am going to cook this and love the sound of the 'Quick Braised Celery' but you don't give a receipt for it!