I have been making this recipe for years. I honestly don’t know where I found it, but if my memory is even close I think it a compilation of goose recipes from different sources.
10 to 12 pound goose with giblets and liver (be sure they are included)
20 prunes (pitted)
2 tart apples, cored, peeled and quartered
softened unsalted butter
½ cup sherry
½ cup water
1 large onion, peeled and halved
In saucepan combine ½ cup sherry, ½ cup water and the juice of one lemon
Preparing the Goose for roasting:
Dry goose well with paper towels. Remove loose fat near cavity of the goose. Rub cavity with ½ lemon and season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread ½ of the chestnut stuffing along the cavity of the goose. Arrange the 20 prunes on top. Cover prunes with the remaining stuffing. Top it with the quartered apples, rounded side up. Truss the goose. Prick the goose with a skewer along fatty parts. Coat skin with softened butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 400.
Lay goose breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan for 20 minutes. Lower heat to 325, turn bird on its side and roast for 30 minutes, basting twice with sherry mixture brought to simmer. Turn bird to other side and roast 30 minutes more basting twice with sherry mixture. Add 1 large onion, peeled and halved to roasting pan. Turn goose breast side down, prick fatty parts with skewer, roast it for 30 minutes more, basting twice. Turn bird breast side up and roast 30 minutes more, again basting twice. Be sure to remove fat as it accumulates.
2 pounds chestnuts
6 slices very dry white bread, toasted
½ pound ground sausage meat
½ cup shallots, finely diced
1 goose liver – halved
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp thyme (or to taste)
1/4 tsp pepper
Shell and peel 2 pounds chestnuts. Simmer chestnuts in brown stock to cover about 30 minutes or until soft, but still crumbly. Drain chestnuts and crumble into large bowl with the 6 slices of very dry white bread lightly toasted and crumbled. In skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and sauté the goose liver for about 5 minutes. Coarsely chop liver and transfer to chestnut mixture. In the same skillet sauté the shallots until golden. Transfer to chestnut mixture. Again in same skillet, sauté the sausage meat, breaking up the meat while sautéing. Transfer to chestnut mixture. Add parsley, salt, thyme and pepper. Combine stuffing well. Correct seasoning. If you like a moister stuffing, you can add some giblet stock. If you like a more compact stuffing, you can also add a beaten egg yolk.
Neck, gizzard, heart, scraps from Goose
1 sliced onion
1 sliced carrot
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons rendered goose fat
2 to 6 cups brown stock
A herb sachet – 2 parsley sprigs, 1/3 bay leaf, 1/8 teaspoon thyme
Chop goose into pieces of 1 1/2 inches. Brown goose and vegetables in the hot goose fat until brown. Pour out browning fat. Add the stock and if needed a little water to cover the vegetables and goose parts by ½ inch. Simmer 1 1/2 hours. Strain and decrease.
½ cup sherry
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tsp arrowroot
Pour off remaining fat from roasting pan. Remove onion. Add ½ cup sherry and cook over moderately high heat, scraping up brown bits. Add 1 cup of giblet stock.. Add 1/3 cup heavy cream and 2 tsp arrowroot, bring to simmer. Cook over low heat 3 to 4 minutes.