A Christmas Goose


Yesterday, I ventured up to one of those super stores that carries anything and everything you every possibly need or want. Usually I keep to Trader Joe’s where it is quaint and cozy, and there aren’t too many choices.

Imagine my excitement when as I was comparing spiral sliced hams for our church’s Christmas Party this Saturday, I found frozen, free-range geese. Geese! At the super, duper, take-over-the world, mart! Of all the places……I was getting ready to order mine from a butcher shop in the Bronx.

My husband has been begging me for years and years (well, since we’ve only been married for 5 years…) to find him a goose to roast for Christmas dinner.

It was a rather expensive and exotic purchase. They only had about 8 for sale.

I’ve been researching recipes online. There are a few that look promising.

Roast Goose with Port Gravy
Scandinavian Roast Christmas Goose with Prune and Apple Stuffing
Roast Goose with Chestnuts, Prunes, and Armagac (the front runner at the moment)
Roast Goose with Currant Stuffing

And just in case I need help getting started….

How To Roast A Goose from Gourmet Sleuth

One thing is probably for sure, what ever I decide, there will have to be some Sage and Onion dressing to go along with it. I can barely wait until Christmas.

Other possibilities for our Christmas Day menu:

Roasted Root Veggies–Potatoes, Celeriac, etc.
Brussels Sprouts (for my hubby who adores them….)
Green Salad
Mince Pies (maybe I’ll make small ones) with Hard Sauce
Jellied Fruit Salad (like Jell-O, but better)
Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce, or like in A Christmas Carol with Brandy

And more!

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Also, this year we are going to do Christmas Around The World. I’ve been researching traditional foods from the countries of our ethnic backgrounds–Norway, Sweden, England, Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Scotland. (Whew!)

All during December and into the first part of January, we are going to prepare the foods that our grandparents and their grandparents may have eaten in their homelands during the holiday season. And celebrate their traditions, too!

So, stay tuned. I think it will be fun to see what we come up with.

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8 Comments

  1. I will never forget the story my parents tell about their first married Christmas. Dad wanted to cook a goose. He did. The excessive fat was so awful, it overflowed, burned and smoked up the house.

    So, my caution to you, is to watch the fat.

    But YUM.

  2. Azucar–thanks for the warning. That’s exactly what every website and book I looked at said. And I also read that I should save the fat to roast potatoes in. Uh, yeah. I’m totally going to do that.

  3. OK, Rick has been begging me for years (we’ve only been married 3 more than you) to make one too.

    I’m probably not up for it this year – so I’ll let you go 1st and then follow your expert advice next year.

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