Have you ever made a goose before? I hadn’t before today. This Sweet Roasted Goose was my first and in the words of Clark Griswold, SR, “She’s a beaut!”
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.
Like all of my recipes, I did a lot of research and ending up landing on what is claimed to be one of the best roast goose recipes around from The Wort Hotel in Jackson, WY. My goal was to make this our Christmas goose, but I didn’t want to take the chance of teaching myself on the actual holiday.
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Sweet Roasted Goose has a candy-like, crispy skin with succulent, juicy meat and is served with Cumberland Sauce, a chilled fruit and vinegar based sauce.
I have to say, making a roast goose for the first time is a little intimidating, but much like anything else, you can’t learn if you don’t dive right in and try!
I prepared the recommended sides for Sweet Roasted Goose, Chestnut Dressing, and I have to say the chestnuts gave me more of a run for my money than the goose did.
So here go folks, all the tips and tricks I’ve learned about preparing a goose.
First of all, don’t listen to the haters. If you’ve ever made a whole chicken or turkey, then you are already ahead of the game.
You stuff the body cavity, truss it and roast, basting throughout the process, but there are a few things you should know that are notably different.
Tips for Cooking a Goose:
ONE. Bigger is not better. In fact, with goose, small and young are preferred. Older, larger geese tend to be tough. Aim for 8-10 lbs.
TWO. Goose is very fatty, which is good and bad. Take off all of your jewelry, even preparing the bird will leave a thick residue.
THREE. That same fat is liquid GOLD, seriously. You know how everyone gets all giddy about duck fat fries? Well goose fat is like the crème de la crème of fats.
If you remove any excess fat, save it, along with those drippings. You can freeze it for a special occasion by making duck confit or roast potatoes and veggies.
FOUR. Goose does NOT taste like chicken. Goose has a very rich and distinct flavor that really can’t be compared to any other meat in the American diet. It is all dark meat and highly flavorful.
FIVE. A frozen goose (most likely what you will get if in the states) takes 2-3 days to fully thaw.
SIX. The goose may look large, but a 8-10 pound bird will only feed 4-5 people. Plan accordingly.
SEVEN. Remove wing tips while prepping the bird. They are aren’t edible and just burn.
EIGHT. Some recipes roast breast side up and then carve out the breast to complete cooking. Other cook breast side down and and then flip half way through. You have to do something because the meat is so oddly distributed.
I don’t like carving it mid-cook, so I flip it.
NINE. Pricking the skin allows it to get crispy. You can cover it with boiling water, like some do with duck, but I find this to be unnecessary with this particular recipes.
For even crispier skin, refrigerate uncovered for 1-24 hours to further dry out the skin.
TEN. GOose should be cooked to an internal temperture of 165 degrees. The meat might still be a little pink. For goose, this is acceptable.
I hope you enjoy your delicious Sweet Roasted Goose like we did. Here are more traditional (non-traditional) holiday entrees!
- Classic Cornish Hens
- Braised Wild Boar
- Crispy Duck a L’Orange
- French Baked Chicken
- Cheesecloth Turkey
Sweet Roasted Goose Recipe
- Start by cold brining the goose. Remove neck and giblets from inside cavity and place goose in a large stock pot. Add cold water to cover the goose, stir in salt and refrigerate overnight (12-24 hours).
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Make basting syrup by whisking together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and setting aside.
- Remove goose from the water and rinse well. Remove any excess skin flaps or noticeable fat pockets. Pierce skin liberally with a fork. Rub inside cavity with lemon halves and then stuff with apple, potato, orange and celery. Truss the goose, just like a turkey, to secure the wings to the body and tie legs together to close off the cavity.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for basting syrup.
- Generously lather goose with basting syrup.
- Place the goose in the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Cook 20 to 25 minutes per pound. Baste the goose every half hour with the basting syrup.
- When internal temperature reaches 170 degrees in both the thigh and breast, roast for an additional 20 minutes and then remove.
- Allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Discard vegetable stuffing and serve with Cumberland Sauce.
- Carve goose and serve with stuffing and Cumberland sauce.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!