Roast Goose with Cumberland Sauce and Apricot Stuffing

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Main Ingredient: Poultry
Menu Part: Entree
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 1

Not just reserved for holidays, this goose stuffed with with cut-up turnips, citrus, vegetables, spices, and fresh herbs is a real taste treat. Apricot Stuffing is prepared separately and served on the side.

Ingredients

1 goose, thawed if frozen (about 12-14 lb.); see Note
Cumberland Sauce (see recipe)
Apricot Stuffing (see recipe)

Cumberland Sauce:
1 cup beef broth
1 cup red currant jelly
1 orange rind, slivered
1 orange, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1⁄2 tsp. ground ginger
Salt and pepper, to taste

Apricot Walnut Stuffing:
1 cup canned apricots, drained
1⁄4 cup melted butter
6 cups cubed day-old bread
1 cup chopped walnuts
1⁄2 cup golden raisins
1 tsp. salt
1⁄2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1⁄4 tsp. pepper

Steps

1. Remove neck and giblets and excess fat from goose body cavity and reserve for other use. Rinse and pat dry.

2. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, fill the goose with cut-up turnips, citrus, vegetables, spices, and fresh herbs, for desired taste. Fasten neck skin to back and tie legs together. Place goose, breast side up, on rack in shallow pan. Pierce skin all over using a fork. Insert thermometer deep into inside thigh muscle.

3. Roast goose, uncovered for about 1-11⁄4 hr. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F and continue roasting about 21⁄2-23⁄4 hr., until thermometer registers 185°F. During roasting, spoon or siphon off accumulated fat every half hour.

4. Serve with Cumberland Sauce and Apricot Stuffing.

Note: A 10-14 lb. goose will take 2-21⁄2 days to thaw in the refrigerator and 5-7 hr. to thaw in cold water—in its original wrapping—changing the water every 30-60 min. Once thawed, keep refrigerated or cook immediately. Allow about 3⁄4 lb. for each 4-oz. serving (frozen weight as purchased). The meat is rich and will go farther than chicken or turkey.

Cumberland Sauce:

Combine all ingredients in 1-qt. saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 min.

Yield: 2 3⁄4 cup.

Apricot Walnut Stuffing:

Dice apricots. In bowl, pour melted butter or margarine over bread cubes. Combine with apricots and all remaining ingredients. Toss well.

Yield: Enough stuffing for a 12-lb. goose.