Cumberland Sauce

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  • Have you ever heard of Cumberland Sauce? To be honest, neither had I until I decided to teach myself how to prepare goose.

    Cumberland Sauce is a fruity, vinegar based sauce perfect for dressing goose, venison, lamb and pork. It can be made ahead and is freezer friendly! #cumberlandsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

    Cumberland Sauce is a fruity, vinegar based sauce perfect for dressing goose, venison, lamb and pork. It can be made ahead and is freezer friendly!

    So what is Cumberland Sauce? Traditionally, Cumberland Sauce is a sweet, fruit-based sauce served with non-white game, like goose, venison or lamb.  These types of meat have the potential to have a “gamey” taste and Cumberland Sauce, with its zingy and sweet flavor, helps to cut right through that.

    Sweet Roasted Goose is a tried and true recipe for a succulent goose with crispy skin and tender meat seasoned with apple, orange and potato stuffing. Top with Cumberland Sauce. #howtocookgoose #roastgoose www.savoryexperiments.com

    It is also served chilled, so it is ideal for making ahead of time and is even freezer friendly.

    Despite being born in Germany, Cumberland Sauce is now a frequent condiment in England and usually made with currants or cowberries. I didn’t have any cowberries at my disposal, so I modeled my Americanized version after the famous Wort Hotel in Wyoming’s recipe, by using red currant jelly.

    Port wine and orange juice also act as the fruit, while shallots and vinegar add the pizzazz Cumberland Sauce is known for.

    Cumberland Sauce Recipe- Cumberland Sauce is classic fruit and vinegar based sauce that brightens goose, venison and duck.

    I found their recipe to be a little loose for my taste, I vamped mine up by thickening with cornstarch, allowing it to stick to my goose a little better. I also felt that the addition of sea salt brightened the flavors.

    One thing I would suggest is using fresh orange juice. While it is tempting to just buy a jug, citrus juices start losing their potency only 8  hours after being juiced. While this is fine for drinking straight, in cooking the full effect is best, so I highly suggest using fresh oranges.

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    Cumberland Sauce is a fruity, vinegar based sauce perfect for dressing goose, venison, lamb and pork. It can be made ahead and is freezer friendly! #cumberlandsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Cumberland Sauce Recipe- Cumberland Sauce is classic fruit and vinegar based sauce that brightens goose, venison and duck.
    Cumberland Sauce
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    35 mins
     
    Cumberland Sauce is a fruity, vinegar based sauce perfect for dressing goose, venison, lamb and pork. It can be made ahead and is freezer friendly! 
    Course: Sauce
    Cuisine: American, German
    Keyword: cumberland sauce
    Servings: 2 cups
    Calories: 473 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Ingredients
    • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
    • 1 cup port wine
    • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 3 shallots peeled and finely minced
    • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 3 oranges juiced
    • 3 tablespoons red currant jam
    • Zest of one orange
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    Instructions
    1. In a medium saucepan, combine beef stock through orange zest. Bring to a boil, cook until reduced by 2/3, about 25 minutes.
    2. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and return to sauce pan over low heat. Remove 1/4 cup of sauce and whisk with corn starch until smooth and then slowly whisk back into sauce pan. Stir in fine sea salt.
    3. Transfer to a storage container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    4. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Recipe Notes

    You can substitute other berry jams if you prefer.

    Nutrition Facts
    Cumberland Sauce
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 473
    % Daily Value*
    Sodium 1552mg 65%
    Potassium 1022mg 29%
    Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
    Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
    Sugars 46g
    Protein 7g 14%
    Vitamin A 8.8%
    Vitamin C 134.1%
    Calcium 14.1%
    Iron 12.6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Cumberland Sauce is a fruity, vinegar based sauce perfect for dressing goose, venison, lamb and pork. It can be made ahead and is freezer friendly! #cumberlandsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

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