Delicious Roast Goose with Apple Stuffing Recipe

Gather round, foodies! Today’s recipe is a show-stopper fit for the grandest of occasions. As a scribe for a home chef who loves throwing parties, I bring you a dish that promises to amaze your guests with its deliciousness, elegance and impressive presentation. This roast goose with apple stuffing recipe (Gansabraten Mit Apfelfullung in its original language) is an authentic German cookery masterpiece that has been cherished for centuries.

Are you looking to impress your discerning guests with a dish that will have them clamoring for seconds? Then look no further than this bohemian-style roast goose with apple and sauerkraut stuffing. The combination of the tender roasted goose meat and the sweet and tangy apple stuffing delivers a palate-pleasing smorgasbord of flavors that even non-goose eaters will adore. So why not take a chance on this timeless classic? Your dinner table deserves to be graced with the taste of German cookery done right.

With my step-by-step instructions and tips, preparing this delectable meal will be nothing short of easy. As someone who appreciates good food, I assure you that this recipe is worth your time and effort. Once you’ve tried it, it will undoubtedly become a favorite in your repertoire of go-to dishes for special occasions. So let’s don our aprons and get to work creating some culinary magic!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Roast Goose With Apple Stuffing (Gansabraten  Mit Apfelfullung)
Roast Goose With Apple Stuffing (Gansabraten Mit Apfelfullung)

Are you ready to take your dinner party game to the next level? Look no further than this mouth-watering recipe for Roast Goose With Apple Stuffing (Gansabraten Mit Apfelfullung). Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

What sets this recipe apart is the delicious combination of flavors. The savory and juicy goose is perfectly complemented by the sweet tanginess of the apple stuffing. And with a blend of thyme, sage, and pepper, every bite is packed with flavor.

But here’s what truly makes this dish shine: it’s versatility. Whether you’re hosting a fancy dinner party or just looking to treat yourself to a gourmet meal at home, Roast Goose With Apple Stuffing fits the bill. It’s adaptable to any occasion, and sure to impress even the most discerning foodie at the table.

Plus, using a free-range goose means you’re not only getting a delicious meal, but also supporting ethical and sustainable farming practices.

So why not give this recipe a try? With its unbeatable combination of flavor and versatility, it’s sure to become a favorite in no time.

Ingredient List

 The ultimate centerpiece for your holiday feast!
The ultimate centerpiece for your holiday feast!

Let’s start by gathering all the ingredients you’ll need for this Roast Goose With Apple Stuffing recipe. Don’t worry, most of the ingredients are pantry staples, so you probably have them already. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Stuffing:

  • 6 cups of bread crumbs
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 tart apples, peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh sage
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Goose:

  • 1 (8 to 10-pound) free-range goose, giblets removed
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 tart apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • Water

With these ingredients in your kitchen, you’re all set to create a wonderful Roast Goose dish that your guests will never forget.

The Recipe How-To

 Golden brown and crispy skin with juicy meat inside.
Golden brown and crispy skin with juicy meat inside.

Let me walk you through the steps of making this delicious roast goose with apple stuffing recipe that is sure to impress your guests!

Preparing the Goose

First, preheat your oven to 350°F. To prepare the goose for roasting, remove the neck and giblets from inside of the bird and set aside to make stock with later. Rinse and pat dry, then prick the skin all over with a fork or sharp knife, being careful not to pierce the meat. This will help render out the fat and result in a crispy skin.


Now let’s season the goose. Generously rub salt, pepper, thyme and sage all over the bird. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and really work the seasoning into every nook and cranny.

Making the Stuffing

For the apple stuffing, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and sliced celery and sauté until soft, about five minutes. Then stir in diced tart apples (peeled if preferred) and cook for another three minutes before removing from heat.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 6 cups of flour and 4 teaspoons of salt. Mix well then gradually add enough water (about 2 cups) until it comes together into a dough. Knead until elastic then roll out into long thin sheets.

Spread stuffing mixture over each sheet of dough leaving a space at each end for tightening. Roll up tightly proefessionalyyand form into wheels pressing ends gently together

Stuffing the Goose

Stuff the cavity of the goose with this delicious apple stuffing recipe, being careful not to overfill as it will expand during cooking. Close up the cavity with skewers or kitchen twine to secure it shut.


Place the prepared goose on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up, with a cup of water in the bottom of pan. This will create steam which will help yield a moist meat as well as catch drippings for gravy.

Roast for approximately 3 hours or until the internal temperature of both breast and thigh reaches 165°F It is important to keep basting it occasionally during roasting process for crispy skin; Drain off any collected fat juices frequently as well.

Serve Up!

When done, remove from oven cover loosely with foil, set aside for 20-30 minutes before carving. You can serve it with some classic German side dishes like red cabbage or potato dumplings along with goose giblet gravy made from boiled giblets stock; A perfect holiday meal that everyone would enjoy!

Now that you know how to make roast goose with apple stuffing like a professional German cookery American home chef, give it a try yourself – I’m confident you’ll love it as much as I do!

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of roasted goose will fill your home and make everyone drool.
The aroma of roasted goose will fill your home and make everyone drool.

This recipe for roast goose with apple stuffing is delicious as is, but if you’re feeling adventurous or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, fear not! There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to put your own unique spin on this classic dish.

Firstly, if you can’t find flour or prefer a gluten-free option, cornstarch or almond flour can be used in place of regular flour. You can also adjust the amount of thyme and sage used in the recipe to suit your taste preferences – add more for a stronger herb flavor or less for a milder taste.

For the apple stuffing, you can experiment with different types of apples depending on what’s available. Sweet apples like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady will give the stuffing a touch more sweetness, while tart Granny Smiths will provide a tangy contrast to the savory goose. You could also try adding chopped walnuts or dried cranberries to the stuffing for some extra texture and flavor.

While this recipe uses a whole goose, you could use just the giblets and neck to make a rich and flavorful broth. This broth can then be used in place of water for added depth of flavor in the stuffing and gravy.

If you’re looking to switch up the side dishes to serve alongside your roast goose, consider traditional German sides like red cabbage or spaetzle. You could also opt for more American-style sides like roasted root vegetables or a green bean casserole.

No matter what substitutions or variations you choose to make, this roast goose with apple stuffing recipe is sure to impress your guests with its rich flavors and elegant presentation.

Serving and Pairing

 The apple stuffing adds a sweet and tangy flavor to balance the richness of the meat.
The apple stuffing adds a sweet and tangy flavor to balance the richness of the meat.

If you are serving roast goose with apple stuffing, you want to keep your side dish light and refreshing. Roast goose is a rich meat, so it pairs perfectly with crisp and tart salads. I recommend a simple side salad with green leaves and sliced granny smith apples, tossed in a light vinaigrette.

Another excellent pairing for roast goose is sauerkraut or red cabbage. These dishes cut through the richness of the meat and offer a tangy contrast to the sweetness of the apple stuffing. You can also serve it with roasted potatoes or glazed carrots, which provide a satisfying contrast in texture and colour.

When it comes to drinks, German cookery tradition suggests pairing roasted goose with full-bodied wines such as Pinot Noir or red Burgundy. But if you prefer beer, Bohemian-style pilsners or rich amber ale would be delicious options that would make for a perfect complement to your meal.

Finally, like most dishes, presentation plays a significant role in how enjoyable roast goose will be when serving guests at parties. For example, once cooked, we recommend placing the bird on an elegant platter and decorating it with herb sprigs or chopped apple slices.

As long as you keep your side dish light, add an enjoyable wine or beer pairing and pay attention to its presentation, you can’t go wrong with serving roast goose at any type of social event.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Impress your guests with a dish that looks and tastes out of this world.
Impress your guests with a dish that looks and tastes out of this world.

Once you have roasted your goose, and it has had the chance to rest, you’re ready to carve and enjoy! However, if you’ve got leftovers or want to prepare in advance, there are some tips to keep in mind.

If you’re planning to serve the roast goose later, it would be best to store it whole in the refrigerator rather than slicing it. This will help to lock in moisture and flavor. You can store your roast goose in an airtight container or wrapped tightly with plastic wrap. It should last up to three days in the refrigerator.

If you need to store your roast goose for a longer time, it’s ideal to freeze it. Sliced meat should be stored in an airtight container that’s freezer-safe or vacuum-sealed bag designed for freezer storage.

When reheating your leftovers or frozen dish, make sure to reheat at low heat first without any browning until heated through. To retain the moisture and texture of the meat, add some water or gravy and cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Remember, reheated goose is still excellent for sandwiches, stews, soups or salads. Just make sure not to overheat this delicate meat since doing so can compromise its taste and texture.

By following these tips, you’ll enjoy delicious make-ahead meals that will bring life into your dinner table hassle-free!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't be intimidated by the size of the bird; it's easier to prepare than you think.
Don’t be intimidated by the size of the bird; it’s easier to prepare than you think.

As a home chef, I have tried and tested different ways of preparing roast goose with apple stuffing over the years. Here are some tips to ensure you get perfect results every time.

Firstly, when roasting the goose, prick the skin all over to allow the fat to escape. This will prevent the goose from becoming too greasy and will result in delicious crispy skin.

Secondly, baste the goose frequently during cooking with a mixture of melted butter and thyme or sage. This will keep the goose moist and add extra flavor to the meat.

Thirdly, make sure you allow the goose to rest for at least 20 minutes after removing it from the oven. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicy and tender bird.

Now let’s talk about the apple stuffing. When making the stuffing, be sure to use tart apples such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. These apples hold their shape during cooking and provide a nice balance to the rich and savory flavors of the goose.

When preparing the stuffing, be careful not to overstuff the bird as this can impede even cooking. Instead, fill both ends of the bird loosely with stuffing and use any remaining stuffing as a side dish.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with variations of this recipe. You could try adding sauerkraut to your apple stuffing for a Bohemian twist or serve with red cabbage as a traditional German side dish.

By following these tips and getting creative with variations, you are sure to impress your guests with a perfectly cooked roast goose with apple stuffing that they will remember for years to come.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the roast goose with apple stuffing recipe is a must-try for any home chef who loves throwing parties. This recipe has been passed down for generations and brings a touch of German cookery to American homes. The combination of juicy roasted goose and sweet apple stuffing is a match made in heaven that will leave your guests wanting more.

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of roasting a goose – this recipe is simple to follow and yields impressive results with minimal effort. With the substitution and variation options provided, you can make this dish truly your own and cater to different dietary restrictions or preferences.

As an avid home chef and party thrower, I highly recommend adding this recipe to your repertoire. Whether you serve it alongside classic German sides such as red cabbage or as the star of your holiday feast, the roast goose with apple stuffing is sure to impress your guests and elevate your culinary skills. So go ahead, give it a try and discover why this dish has stood the test of time in German cuisine.

Roast Goose With Apple Stuffing (Gansabraten Mit Apfelfullung)

Roast Goose With Apple Stuffing (Gansabraten Mit Apfelfullung) Recipe

A traditional Christmas dish in Northern Europe. In Germany it is often paired with red cabbage, applesauce, or sauerkraut. I don't remember where I got this recipe. Probably from my German grandmother!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Calories 1343.3 kcal


  • 1 (8 -10 lb) goose
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt (I use sea salt)

prepared stuffing

  • 6 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3 tart apples, diced
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flour


  • Trim the fat off the goose. Rub cavity with 1 teaspoons salt . Cook the giblets with the onion, simmer the giblets until done, with water to cover, approximately 1 hour. Strain the broth, chop giblets finely, add broth to the stuffing ingredients.
  • Stuff the goose lightly, tuck the wings underneath, and put tin foil over the stuffing cavity, tie the drumsticks together. Prick the skin all over with a fork. Bake at 350 for 3-4 hours,, until the internal temperature is 175-180. Remove the goose, let rest for 15-20 minutes while you make the gravy.
  • Strain the fat keep 1/4 cup. Mix with the remaining salt and flour, use the roasting pan (you don't want to miss all the tasty tidbits on the pan!)stirring and cook for 1 minute. Add 2 cups water or broth, stirring constantly, until thickened. Scoop the stuffing out of the goose, put the gravy in a gravy boat,.
  • Plate the goose. . It is quite a showpiece so I don't carve until everyone has oo'd and ahhd!

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Serving: 458gCalories: 1343.3kcalCarbohydrates: 98.2gProtein: 78.9gFat: 68.7gSaturated Fat: 23.4gCholesterol: 248.5mgSodium: 2712.4mgFiber: 8.3gSugar: 18.1g
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