|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 31g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||13%|
|Total Sugars 18g|
|Vitamin C 8mg||39%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Weihnachtsgans or German Christmas goose is the preferred fowl choice, along with duck, for festive occasions. Turkey is rarely seen on holiday dinner tables. Goose, for that matter, is rarely seen anymore, as well, which is a shame because it is so simple to prepare. Like other poultry, onions, thyme, and fruit are great seasoning choices with goose.
For the Goose:
1 (4 1/2-pound) goose
1 tablespoon salt, more for the bird
1 dash pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 medium apples, cored and quartered
1 small onion, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips
For the Gravy:
2 tablespoons pan drippings
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
Freshly ground black pepper, optional
1 teaspoon dried thyme, optional
Canned peaches, currant jelly, buttered Brussels sprouts, potato croquettes, for serving
Make the Goose
Gather the Ingredients.
Heat oven to 350 F.
Wash and dry the goose, like you would a chicken or turkey. Sprinkle a dash of salt, the pepper, and thyme inside the cavity and fill with apple quarters and onions. If they don’t all fit, you can cook them alongside the goose in a small, buttered dish.
Mix 1 tablespoon salt with 1 cup of water and pour that into the bottom of the roasting pan. Place the roasting rack on top. Pierce the goose skin in several places to let the fat drip out as it cooks.
Put the goose, breast-side down, on the roasting rack and place in oven for 50 minutes. Use the salt water mixture to baste the goose several times during this period. Add more water to drip pan if necessary. Turn the goose over onto its back and cook, basting as needed, for 50 minutes.
Let the goose rest for 5 minutes as you make the gravy.
Make the Gravy
Gather the ingredients.
Mix 2 tablespoons of the pan drippings with 2 tablespoons flour in a small saucepan and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the chicken broth, stirring well after each addition. Add salt, pepper, and thyme, if using, to taste. Keep warm.
Serve the goose and gravy with canned peach halves decorated with currant jelly (if you don't want to make currant jelly or can't find it prepared. Cranberry sauce is a fine substitute), buttered Brussels sprouts, potato croquettes (or mashed potatoes), and the cooked apples and onions.