Roast Goose Recipe with Apples

Oie Farcie De La Saint Michel

A roast goose recipe really has to be one of the most traditional of Christmas fares. Goose is a rich meat dish and the apples help balance this wonderful feast.


• 9 - 10lb (4 - 5kg) Goose cleaned and ready for cooking

• 2oz (50g) softened butter

• Salt and pepper

• 2 1/4lbs (1k) apples

For the stuffing

• 2 1/4 lbs (1k) onions

• 1 small stale white loaf bread - crusts removed

• 2 teaspoons dried sage

• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

• Salt and pepper

• Milk for soaking the bread


• Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas6)

• Prepare the stuffing: Bake the onions in the oven in their skins for about 40 minutes then roughly peel and chop them.

Cube the bread - enough to fill the cavity of the bird. Soak it in milk for a few minutes then squeeze it and mix with the chopped onions, sage, nutmeg and salt and pepper.

• Stuff the cavity of the goose with your stuffing mixture and sew the opening to close it and truss the bird with string to keep it's shape whilst cooking.

• Turn the oven up to 230C/450F/Gas 8

• Smear the goose with butter and season with salt and pepper.

• Place the goose in a roasting tin and into the pre-heated oven.

• After about 15 minutes, add a few tablespoons of water to the roasting tin and lower the heat to 180C/350F/Gas4 and cook for about 2 1/2 hours.

• At intervals skim off the fat with a spoon.

• Peel and slice the apples and simmer in a covered pan over a low heat for about 20 minutes when you will have a lovely unsweetened apple puree.

• When your goose is cooked, remove from the oven and set aside for about half an hour before carving it.

Your roast goose recipe is really special and you can serve it with the apple puree served separately along with your favourite vegetables.

Some good accompaniments are steamed potatoes or if you prefer, Pommes Dauphine are a great way to serve your potatoes if you have the time.

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