Traditional-contemporary roast grouse

Ingredients

  • 1 9-pound goose
  • 1 white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 apple, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • kosher salt, about 2 tablespoons
  • black pepper, about 1 tablespoon
  • For the glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preparations

    step 1

    Before preparation: If using a frozen goose, place it in the refrigerator for 48 hours to fully defrost. The day before preparation, unwrap it and withdraw the neck, heart, liver and giblets from the cavity. Take a sharp knife and cut away the wing tips. All of these parts can be used to make a goose stock, or use them as you wish to prepare a stuffing.

    step 2

    Using paper towels, dry out the interior and exterior of the goose. Rub a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper in the cavity. Mix onion, apple and herbs in a small bowl and place this mixture into the cavity of the goose. Tie the legs together using butcher’s string. Add a generous sprinkle of salt on the outside of the goose before placing it onto a stainless rack and refrigerating it uncovered for 24 hours.

    step 3

    Day of preparation: Remove the goose from the refrigerator and give it an hour to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 325˚F with the oven rack in the lower 2/3 position. Take a metal brochette or a small sharp knife and gently pierce the skin of the goose at an angle every few centimeters, being careful to pierce just the skin and not the meat. Transfer the goose onto a wire rack in a metal roasting pan.

    step 4

    Place the goose in the oven and roast for 1 hour. While the goose is roasting, place all of the ingredients for the glaze into a small bowl and whisk together.

    step 5

    After an hour, take the goose out of the oven. Reduce the temperature to 275˚F. Carefully lift the goose and rack out of the roasting pan. Drain the fat into a metal bowl. Return the rack and goose to the roasting pan and place back into the oven. Baste the goose with glaze every 20 minutes.

    step 6

    Roast the goose for an additional 2 hours, or until a meat thermometer registers 160°F at the center of the breast.

    step 7

    Remove goose to a carving board and cover loosely with tinfoil, allowing it to rest for 45 minutes before carving.