Goose with pecan stuffing

This goose centerpiece is perfect for an extra special Christmas dinner. Served with scrumptious pecan, bacon and sage stuffing balls and delicious red wine and blackberry gravy, this is a real festive feast.

Ingredients

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  • 1 medium whole goose, about 5–6kg (11–13lbs)
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons, zested then halved
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • 1.5 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 handful fresh herbs, to decorate
  • 1 medium whole goose, about 5–6kg (11–13lbs)
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons, zested then halved
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • 1.5 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 handful fresh herbs, to decorate
  • 1 medium whole goose, about 5–6kg (11–13lbs)
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons, zested then halved
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • 1.5 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 handful fresh herbs, to decorate

For the pecan, bacon and sage stuffing balls

  • 45 g unsalted butter
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500 g pork sausages
  • 6 dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 150 g breadcrumbs
  • 100 g pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 20 g sage, leaves finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 10 g rosemary, leaves finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 12 smoked streaky bacon rashers, chopped into small pieces
  • 1.6 oz unsalted butter
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 17.6 oz pork sausages
  • 6 dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 5.3 oz breadcrumbs
  • 3.5 oz pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 0.7 oz sage, leaves finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 0.4 oz rosemary, leaves finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 12 smoked streaky bacon rashers, chopped into small pieces
  • 1.6 oz unsalted butter
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 17.6 oz pork sausages
  • 6 dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 5.3 oz breadcrumbs
  • 3.5 oz pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 0.7 oz sage, leaves finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 0.4 oz rosemary, leaves finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 12 smoked streaky bacon rashers, chopped into small pieces

For the red wine and blackberry gravy

  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 200 g blackberries
  • 200 ml fresh chicken or beef stock
  • 1 tbsp blackberry jam
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 8.8 fl oz red wine
  • 7.1 oz blackberries
  • 7 fl oz fresh chicken or beef stock
  • 1 tbsp blackberry jam
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1.1 cups red wine
  • 7.1 oz blackberries
  • 0.8 cup fresh chicken or beef stock
  • 1 tbsp blackberry jam

Details

  • Cuisine: Christmas
  • Recipe Type: Goose
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Preparation Time: 40 mins
  • Cooking Time: 150 mins
  • Serves: 6

Step-by-step

  1. Remove the goose from the fridge 2 hours before cooking to allow the skin to air-dry. Preheat the oven to 190˚C/375˚F/gas mark 5.
  2. To make the stuffing balls, heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and celery, sweat for 10 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  3. Take the sausages out of their skins, put the meat into a large bowl with the remaining stuffing ingredients. Add the cooled onion mixture, season, then thoroughly combine with your hands. Shape into balls, making about 24. Put on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and roast for 25 minutes. Turn the balls and cook for a further 15–20 minutes until crisp and golden then set aside.
  4. Increase the oven temperature to 210˚C/425˚F/gas mark 7.
  5. Trim any excess fat from the neck of the goose and any pads of fat from the inner cavity, remove the giblets.
  6. Put the onions and carrots in a large, high-sided roasting tin. Put the zested lemon halves and thyme in the goose’s cavity. Mix the lemon zest with the salt and plenty of black pepper, use to season the whole bird. Sit on top of the vegetables, then roast for 20 minutes.
  7. Reduce the oven temperature to 180˚C/350˚F/gas mark 4, and cook for around 1 hour 30 minutes, until the juices run clear when the leg is pierced and no pink meat remains. If not yet cooked, return to the oven and check every 15 minutes. If the skin is browning too quickly, cover with foil.
  8. Every so often, remove the excess fat from the base of the roasting tin with a small ladle or baster. Once the goose is cooked, put on a serving platter, cover completely with foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  9. For the gravy, remove and discard the vegetables and as much of the fat as possible from the roasting tin, then put it on the hob over a medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, then add the wine and simmer gently, whisking the cooking juices and caramelised bits into the wine.
  10. Pour into a saucepan with the blackberries, stock and jam, boil for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for 8–10 minutes, until thickened to your liking, and season. Serve the goose with the stuffing balls and gravy alongside, decorated with some small bunches of green herbs. 
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