April 10, 2010

Onion-Sage Stuffed Goose

3 lbs of onions.
½ cup of butter.
½ cup of celery, chopped with leaves.
6 cups of soft breadcrumbs.
1 tablespoon of salt.
½ tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper.
1 tablespoon of dried sage.
1 teaspoon of dried savory.
½ teaspoon of dried marjoram.
¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
1 goose, about 11 lb.
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
Salt and pepper.
2 chicken bouillon cubes.
Boiling water.

Peel and cut the onions into quarters, then put them in a large saucepan, and add just enough boiling water to cover, and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain, cool, and coarsely chop the onions.

In a large heavy skillet, melt the butter.

Add the chopped celery and gently sauté for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add half the breadcrumbs and cook gently until lightly browned, stirring frequently to combine.

Place the remaining breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl.

Add the salt, pepper, sage, savory, marjoram and nutmeg. Toss to combine the ingredients.

Add the prepared onions and the sautéed celery and breadcrumb mixture to the bowl and toss again to combine.

Allow to cool before stuffing the goose.

Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) degrees.

Rub the goose inside and out with lemon juice.

Generously sprinkle the inside of the goose with salt and pepper.

Stuff the neck cavity with some of the prepared stuffing and fasten the neck skin to the body of the goose with a skewer.

Stuff the body of the goose with the remaining stuffing, skewering and lacing the end closed.

Tie the legs and the wings to the body with butcher's twine.

Prick the skin of the goose all over, to let the fat escape while roasting.

Place the goose, breast side, down on the rack of a large roasting pan.

Add the chicken bouillon cubes to the two cups boiling water and stir until dissolved, then pour the mixture over the goose.

Roast for 60 minutes, uncovered.

Pour off half the drippings and discard.

Turn the goose over and pour two cups of boiling water over the bird.

Continue roasting for another 60 minutes.

Pour off the drippings from the pan, again.

Prick the skin of the goose all over and continue roasting for about 90 minutes more, or until tender.

To serve, place the goose on a large platter; remove the twine and skewers to carve.

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