Roast Goose with Spiced Pears

Yield 6
RECIPE Ingredients
  • One 8-10 lb goose 
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 6 pieces applewood smoked bacon, chopped
  • 8 ounces breadcrumbs
  • 3½ ounces hazelnuts, chopped
  • 3½ ounces pecans, chopped
  • Zest and juice of ½ orange
  • 10 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 6 ripe pears, peeled and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 ounce unsalted butter
Recipe notes
This elegant roast goose recipe makes the most of winter flavors and is a perfect and traditional choice for the holidays.
RECIPE Preparation
  1. The day before you cook the goose, place it in a clean sink and pour a kettle of boiling water over it. Pat completely dry with kitchen paper and let it sit in a cool draught for several hours until the skin is perfectly dry all over. Place uncovered in the fridge overnight.
  2. To make the stuffing, melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the onions and bacon for about 7 minutes until tender. Transfer to a bowl, mix in the remaining ingredients and season well. Roll into walnut-sized balls, place in a roasting pan and set aside.
  3. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prick the skin of the goose all over with a fork, being careful not to puncture the flesh. Season with salt. Place on its side in a rack set over a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the goose and rack from the pan and pour the fat off into a bowl. Turn the goose on to its other side, turn the oven down to 350 degrees F and continue to roast for the remainder of the cooking time.
  4. About 30 minutes before the end of cooking, turn the goose breast-side up. Cover with tin foil if it's getting too dark. Check if the goose is cooked by inserting a knife where leg joins body - the juice should run clear and colorless, not pink. Once cooked, let it rest for 30 minutes while you finish any vegetables, roast the stuffing balls and heat the pears.
  5. To make the pears, place them in a small roasting pan. Put 5 ounces of water in a small saucepan with the sugar, ginger and lime zest, bring to the boil and pour over the pears. Dot each of the pear quarters with a little butter and roast in the oven, turning and basting occasionally, for about 30 minutes, or until tender and nicely golden. If the syrup starts to dry up during cooking, add a little hot water to the dish. Serve the goose on a large platter surrounded by the stuffing balls and pears. Drizzle the pears with a syrup.