Roast goose with port gravy

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
12 pounds Goose (with neck and
Giblets; reserve liver for
Another use) *
3 Onions
2 Celery ribs
About 3 bread slices (any
2 Carrots
1 cup Boiling water
1 cup Dry white wine
¼ cup Tawny Port
⅓ cup All purpose flour
3 cups Chicken broth
Fresh flat leafed parsley

*Available by special order from some butchers and by mail order from D'Artagnan, 800-327-8246

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Discard loose fat from goose. With a cleaver or heavy knife cut goose neck into 2-inch pieces. Quarter 1 onion and quarter celery crosswise. Rinse goose inside and out and pat dry. Pierce skin of goose all over with a fork to allow fat to drain and help skin to become crisp. Season goose with salt and pepper and loosely pack neck cavity with enough bread to fill out cavity (this will prevent cavity skin from collapsing during roasting). Fold neck skin under body and fasten with a small skewer.

Fill body cavity with quartered onion and celery and tie legs together loosely with kitchen string (or insert legs through slit in lower skin flap if provided).

Cut remaining 2 onions and carrots into 2-inch pieces. Transfer goose, breast side up, to a rack set in a deep flameproof roasting pan (at least 2 inches, not non stick) and scatter onion and carrot pieces, neck pieces, and giblets in pan. Roast goose in middle of oven 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees and carefully pour boiling water over goose (juices may splatter). Roast goose, skimming off fat (save fat for another use) and basting with pan juices using a metal bulb baster every 20 minutes, 2 to 2½ hours more, or until a meat thermometer inserted in fleshy part of thigh registers 175 degrees and juices run clear. Transfer goose to a heated platter. Remove skewer and discard string. Keep goose warm, loosely covered with foil.

With a slotted spoon discard vegetables, neck pieces, and giblets from pan. Spoon off fat from pan juices and reserve. On top of stove deglaze pan with white wine and Port over moderately high heat, scraping up brown bits, and boil mixture until reduced by about half.

In a 2 ½ to 3-quart heavy saucepan whisk together ¼ cup reserved fat (save remainder for another use) and flour and cook roux over moderately low heat, whisking, 3 minutes. Add Port mixture and broth in a stream, whisking to prevent lumps, and bring gravy to a boil, whisking constantly. Simmer gravy, whisking frequently, 5 minutes, or until thickened. Season gravy with salt and pepper. Transfer gravy to a heated sauceboat. Garnish goose with parsley.

Yield: 8 servings

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