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Christmas Dinner: Roasted Goose with Apples

Roast goose with apples is a delightful dish, combining succulent roasted meat with the sweetness of apples. Here's a classic recipe:


  • 1 whole goose (about 10-12 pounds)

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 2-3 large apples, cored and sliced

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1/2 cup white wine or apple cider (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).

  2. Begin by preparing the goose. Remove any giblets or excess fat from the cavity. Pat the goose dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper, both inside and outside.

  3. Place the sliced apples, onion, minced garlic, and fresh thyme sprigs into the cavity of the goose.

  4. Truss the goose with kitchen twine if desired to help it keep its shape while roasting.

  5. Place the prepared goose on a roasting rack in a roasting pan, breast side up.

  6. Pour the chicken or vegetable broth into the bottom of the roasting pan. Optionally, you can add white wine or apple cider for extra flavor.

  7. Brush the melted butter over the surface of the goose.

  8. Cover the goose loosely with foil and roast in the preheated oven for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, basting occasionally with the pan juices.

  9. After the initial roasting time, remove the foil and continue roasting for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the skin is golden brown and crispy, and the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F (74°C).

  10. Once done, carefully remove the goose from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board. Allow it to rest for about 15-20 minutes before carving.

  11. While the goose is resting, you can strain the pan drippings and make a simple gravy if desired.

  12. Carve the goose and serve it with the roasted apples and onions alongside your favorite sides like roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a green salad.

Remember, cooking times may vary depending on your oven and the size of the goose, so it's always a good idea to use a meat thermometer to ensure it's cooked to the desired doneness. Enjoy your delicious roast goose with apples!


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