Roasted goose with spiced apples and onions

This deliciously tender roast goose recipe is stuffed with a pisatchio and fig stuffing, perfectly balancing sweet and nutty. It's the perfect meal for a special occasion like Christmas.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Pistachio and fig stuffing
  • 30 gram butter
  • 1 medium red onion (170g), chopped finely
  • 1 large apple (200g), chopped finely
  • 1 stalk celery (150g), trimmed, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup (50g) finely chopped dried figs
  • 1/4 cup (35g) pistachios, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Roasted goose with spiced apples and onions
  • 3 kilogram goose
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 baby apples (600g), halved
  • 6 pickling onions (240g), halved
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 sprigs fresh lemon thyme
  • pinch ground cloves


Roasted goose with spiced apples and onions
  • 1
    To make pistachio and fig stuffing; heat butter in medium frying pan; cook onion, apple and celery, stirring, until onion softens. Stir in fig, nuts and parsley. Season to taste; cool.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  • 3
    Rinse goose under cold water, pat dry inside and out with paper towel. Using a small knife, prick goose skin all over. Tuck wings under body. Fill cavity with stuffing. Place a wire rack in a large, deep baking dish; place goose on rack, season. Roast, uncovered for 1 1/2 hours or until cooked through.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, heat half the oil in a medium frying pan; cook apples, cut-side down, for 5 minutes or until browned lightly.
  • 5
    Combine onions, juice, thyme, cloves and remaining oil in a small baking dish, add apples; turn to coat apples in mixture, then remove apples from mixture. Set aside. Roast onion mixture for 45 minutes. Return apples to dish; roast a further 20 minutes or until onions and apples are tender.
  • 6
    Serve goose with apple mixture.

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