Roast Goose with Cranberry, Maple and Pecan Stuffing

Ingredients

5 kg oven-ready goose
2 red onions, peeled and halved
Handful of fresh sage leaves
Sea salt and black pepper
For stuffing:
200 g grated apple, mixed with juice and zest of 1 orange
150 g cranberries
100 g dried breadcrumbs
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 bunch scallions, chopped finely
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbs (30 mL) maple syrup
150 g pecans, roughly chopped
Sea salt and black pepper

Preparation

  1. Mix all the stuffing ingredients together, season well and pack into the neck of the bird. Tuck the flap of skin over the stuffing and under the bird. Secure with a small metal skewer.

  2. Remove any excess fat from the goose cavity (use this for your roast potatoes). Place the onion, leftover orange you zested and squeezed for the stuffing, and sage leaves into the cavity of the bird.

  3. Place the stuffed goose on a wire rack in a deep roasting tin. It will give off a lot of fat as it cooks, and you don’t want spillage into the bottom of the oven. Sprinkle the top of the bird with sea salt and black pepper. 

  4. Cook for approximately three hours in a pre-heated 400º F oven. After one hour, remove the excess fat from the bottom of the roasting tin; check and remove fat every 30 minutes.

  5. Check the temperature. You are aiming for an internal temperature of around 175° F at the thickest part of the thigh, and 160° F in the center of the stuffing. 

  6. Place the bird on a large board, allow to rest for at least 20 minutes and carve. 

Serves four to six

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