Irish Christmas Goose

Roast Goose with Potato Stuffing

Irish Christmas recipes - gooseIngredients

  • 10 to 12 pound goose
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Potato stuffing (see recipe below)
  • Applesauce (see recipe below)
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Clean the goose and remove any large pieces of interior fat. Pierce the goose in several places in the skin with a fork. This will help release the goose fat as it cooks. Rub with salt and pepper. Lightly fill the goose with the Potato stuffing (see recipe below). Place on a rack in an uncovered roasting pan. Roast for 15 minutes or until the skin starts to brown. Reduce heat to 325°F and roast 25 minutes to the pound. Pour off any excess fat as it roasts. There will be quite a bit of fat. The goose is done when the skin is nicely browned and crisp and the drumstick moves easily. Serve with the hot applesauce.
Serves 6 to 8. (I think it serves 5 to 6 more than likely. You be the judge)
(Note: Now days about 90% of Irish families serve turkey on Christmas day.)

Potato Stuffing

Irish Christmas recipes - goose dinnerIngredients

  • 6 cups boiled potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 2 teasponns salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Pass the potatoes through a ricer or food mill, then place them in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a frying pan and pour over the potatoes (leave a little butter in the pan for the onions). Blend well. With the butter that is left in the frying pan sauté the onions over low heat until they are translucent. When done add the onions to the potato mixture. Add the sage, salt pepper and parsley. Blend well.

Makes enough for a 10 to 12 pound goose.

This stuffing would work very well with turkey also.


Applesauce

This is an excellent side dish to serve with the above IrishChristmas recipes.Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cooking apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon

Wash, core and peel the apples. Cut into quarters. Put apples in a large sauce pan add the water. Bring to a boil then immediately turn down to simmer. Simmer until the apples are soft. Add the sugar, lemon juice and raisins. Season with nutmeg and cinnamon to taste. Cook for another 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Let stand 30 minutes.

Reheat and serve warm with the above goose recipe.

Makes about 2 cups of applesauce.


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