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Roast goose with festive rice stuffing and roast potatoes

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 8-10
From Food & Drink
This is a wonderful stuffing for roast goose. While the goose is resting before serving, drain some of the fat from the baking tray and use this to make roast potatoes. Any remaining juices can be reduced down to make gravy along with the liquid from the rehydrated mushrooms.


  1. Heat the butter in a pan and fry the onions ,hearts and livers in the butter. Add the rehydrated mushrooms and flambé with a splash of brandy or Calvados. Add to a bowl and combine with the remaining stuffing ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.

  3. Stuff both ends of the goose. Using butchers string or skewers, seal both ends and sit the goose on a trivet in a baking tray (you could use a couple of carrots or onions or the wing bones from the goose as a trivet).

  4. Cook for one hour 45 minutes, baste and turn the oven up to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and cook for another 15 minutes.

  5. While the goose is cooking, boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water for around 8-10 minutes, or until slightly underdone. Drain and let them sit in the colander to let some of the steam escape. Give them a good shake to roughen the edges.

  6. Remove the goose from the oven when done, cover it with foil and allow it to rest for a good 20-30 minutes before serving.

  7. Turn the oven up to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

  8. Drain some of the goose fat into a clean baking dish. Heat it on the hob until smoking hot. Tip in the par-boiled potatoes and let them sizzle in the goose fat without shaking the tin. This will give a crispy underneath. Give them a turn and put them in the oven for 30 minutes to roast.

  9. To make the gravy, put any remaining cooking juices from the goose in a pan with the liquid from the rehydrated mushrooms. Bring to the boil and cook until the volume of liquid has reduced to make gravy. Serve the goose in slices with the roast potatoes and gravy.


For the stuffing

  • knob of butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 6 duck hearts
  • 5 duck livers, chopped
  • 200g/7oz rehydrated dried porcini mushrooms, drained and roughly chopped (reserve the liquid to add to the gravy)
  • splash of brandy or Calvados
  • 1.25kg/2lb 12oz cooked sushi rice
  • 200g/7oz dried cherries
  • 150g/5½oz chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten

For the goose

  • 5kg/11lb goose

For the potatoes

  • 1kg/2lb 4oz floury potatoes, cut into pieces
  • pinch salt
  • goose fat (from above)

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