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A Christmas Carol Dinner !

vinolovers Oct 22, 2010 06:28 PM

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.


  1. roxlet Oct 22, 2010 06:58 PM

    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
      vinolovers Oct 24, 2010 05:50 PM

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

    2. chefj Oct 22, 2010 08:19 PM

      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: chefj
        ChristinaMason Oct 24, 2010 06:31 PM

        either/or sounds delicious!

        1. re: ChristinaMason
          chefj Oct 25, 2010 04:54 PM

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

      2. bushwickgirl Oct 23, 2010 07:21 PM

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

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          LauraGrace Oct 25, 2010 05:48 PM

          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
            mamachef Oct 25, 2010 06:17 PM

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

            1. re: mamachef
              bushwickgirl Oct 25, 2010 09:38 PM

              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. hill food Oct 25, 2010 09:43 PM

            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
              mamachef Oct 25, 2010 10:17 PM

              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
                hill food Oct 25, 2010 11:23 PM

                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
                  chefj Oct 26, 2010 04:39 PM

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

                  1. re: chefj
                    hill food Oct 27, 2010 04:27 PM

                    and door hinges, and saddles and poultices

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                Dcfoodblog Oct 27, 2010 12:57 PM

                Splendid Table actually noted that hot punch was directly referenced.

                1. tim irvine Oct 27, 2010 04:37 PM

                  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).

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