Roast Goose with Chestnuts and Prunes


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This is a very special recipe fit for a special occasion. A sweet citrus sauce bastes this goose with prunes, Cognac and chestnuts. Ideal for your holiday feast.

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  • 1 16 oz. pkg. pitted prunes
  • 3 C. beef stock or canned beef broth
  • 1 3/4 C. dry red wine
  • 1 1/4 C. prune juice
  • 1 12-13 lb. goose
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 1 Tbs. ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 pieces
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 Tbs. Cognac or other brandy
  • 1 Tbs. butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbs. all purpose flour
  • 1 7 2/5 oz. jar steamed or roasted chestnuts
  • Chopped fresh parsley

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Combine prunes, stock, 1 1/2 C. wine and 1 C. prune juice in heavy medium saucepan. Simmer 10 minutes. Remove mixture from heat. Transfer 12 prunes to small bowl, using slotted spoon.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pat goose dry. Pull out fat from cavity. Rub inside and out with cut side of orange. Combine salt and pepper and rub inside and outside goose. Place orange, onion, bay leaves and 12 drained prunes in goose cavity. Tie legs together. Place goose on rack in roasting pan. Pierce all over with small metal skewer or toothpick.

Roast goose 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and roast 30 minutes longer. Remove fat from roasting pan. Combine remaining 1/4 C. wine and 1/4 C. prune juice and brush some over goose. Continue roasting goose until juices run clear when pierced in thickest part of thigh, basting goose with wine mixture and removing fat from pan occasionally, about 2 hours.

Transfer goose to platter and tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes.

Strain prune poaching liquid, reserving prunes. Degrease roasting juices. Add 1/2 C. poaching liquid to roasting pan and bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer to heavy medium saucepan. Add Cognac, remaining poaching liquid and degreased roasting juices. Boil until flavors are intense, about 15 minutes. Knead butter and flour together. Whisk into sauce in small bits and simmer until thick, about 8 minutes. Add poached prunes and chestnuts and heat through. Sprinkle with parsley.

Carve goose into thin slices. Spoon sauce, chestnuts and prunes over.

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