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.
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.
Here are a couple of traditional menus;
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.
Or as another Brit alternative, roast goose stuffed with apples and prunes and served with the classic bread sauce.
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! ;)
I'd task the inexperienced with bringing salsifies. They would go well with goose and make the inexperienced one(s) an instant hit with but the opening of a can (unless you can get fresh ones, meaning you live, in all likelihood, in the Appalachians).