Roast Goose

Roast Goose

This apple- and citrus-scented roast goose recipe is an old-time Christmas favorite. A poultry brine adds flavor and makes the meat moist.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Fill a container or stockpot large enough to fit the goose and brine mixture with 1 1/2 gallons of cold water.
  3. Step 3

    Add the salt, sugar, bay leaves, and peppercorns; stir to dissolve the salt and sugar.
  4. Step 4

    Unwrap the goose and remove anything in the cavity. Rinse and trim any excess fat from the neck and/or tail end of the goose and place into the brine so that it is completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or up to 24 hours.
  5. Step 5

    Remove the goose from the brine and pat dry, inside and out, with paper towels .
  6. Step 6

    Sprinkle the goose cavity generously with salt and pepper. Put the apple, onion, orange, and lemon into the cavity.
  7. Step 7

    Place the goose, breast-side up, in a large roasting pan with a rack to keep the bird at least 1 inch off the bottom.
  8. Step 8

    Salt and pepper the goose to taste and add 2 cups of water into the bottom of the pan.
  9. Step 9

    With a small sharp knife or large needle, prick the goose skin all over, especially where you can see and feel fat under the surface. Be careful not to pierce the flesh, only the skin and fat. This will allow the fat to drain during the cooking and make for a crisper skin.
  10. Step 10

    Roast at 350 F for 2 1/4 to 3 hours, until it reaches an internal temperature in the thickest part of the meat of 170 F.
  11. Step 11

    Remove from the oven, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for at least 25 minutes before carving. Serve and enjoy!