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Oct 22, 2010 06:28 PM

A Christmas Carol Dinner !

Looking for a menu that includes a roast goose to prepare as a test for our neighborhood cooking club. Cooking skills vary from inexperienced to expert.


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  1. We used to make roast goose for Christmas, but the problem we found was that we never really loved the go-withs. Goose seems to call out for side dishes with a mittle European vibe and that usually includes fruity things, which we are not fans of. We always think that Brussels sprouts are reliable with goose as is any kind of potato gratin.

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    1. re: roxlet

      Thanks for the suggestion. I had guessed at brussell sprouts cooked with pancetta and have a good guyere potato gratin recipe.

    2. Here are a couple of traditional menus;
      German :
      Roast Goose, Potato Dumplings, Red Cabbage with Apples, Kale, Poached Pears wit Vanilla sauce.
      Roast Goose with Sage & Onion Dressing,dressing, Roast Parsnips, Roast Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts Cranberry Jelly, Christmas Pudding.

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        1. re: ChristinaMason

          I think that "A Christmas Carol" actually mentions onions and sage.

      1. Or as another Brit alternative, roast goose stuffed with apples and prunes and served with the classic bread sauce.

        1. A goose, sage and onion sauce (perhaps bread sauce?), and a Christmas pudding are MUSTS. Do take the time to make a smoking bishop -- not served at the Cratchits' Christmas dinner certainly, but it was at Fred's party! Enough cups of that potent punch and you won't care how the goose turned out! ;)

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          1. re: LauraGrace

            Also do not forget applesauce, specifically mentioned as part of the Cratchit's dinner.

            1. re: mamachef

              Yes, Sarah's applesauce.

              Dickens had a definite penchant for writing about Christmas dinner, the Cratchit's celebration was not his first dinner description.

          2. nah go the other Scroogey way and have some old potato, porridge and a piece of cheese that's gone off.

            my problem with goose is the amount of grease that cooks off, you'll be in rendered fat for the year (it's good, just be ready).

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            1. re: hill food

              Can goose fat be used in the same manner as duck fat? Is it stronger-tasting? Because I would have no problem with a year's supply of duck fat. We'd eat duck-fat french fries every day for that year, and roll around squealing and grunting happily.

              1. re: mamachef

                oh yeah, same storage, use etc. I'd say it's milder in flavor. just puts out a HECK of a lot more!

                I prefer duck, but wouldn't say no to goose.

                1. re: mamachef

                  Also great for hash browns, home fries and roasted potatoes or other root veg.

                  1. re: chefj

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