Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy

Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy – will serve 6-8 guests

Fancy a change to Turkey? This is our Christmas Goose with Cider Gravy guide, everything you need to know in how to prepare your Goose.

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4-5kg/9-11lb 4 oz oven-ready goose, trussed for roasting
6 small onions, halved
3 bay leaves
bunch thyme
2 tbsp sunflower oil

For the cider gravy
1 tbsp sunflower oil
2 carrots, cut into small chunks
2 onions, chopped
2 bay leaves
small bunch thyme
500ml bottle cider
1l chicken stock
4 tbsp plain flour


  • Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  • Remove all the fat from inside the bird and use a skewer to prick the skin all over.
  • Stuff the goose with the onions and herbs. Rub the breast and legs with the oil; season generously with salt. Place in a large roasting tin and cover with foil, scrunching it up at the sides so it’s a tight fit.
  • Put the goose in the oven for 1 hr 30 mins.
  • After 1hr 30 mins carefully ladle all the fat out of the tin (or use a baster to suck it out) into a bowl, then lightly baste the goose. Re-cover with foil, then roast for another 1 hr 30 mins. Pour all the fat from the tin again, baste, then return to the oven without any foil to brown for a final 30-40 mins until golden brown.
  • Rest in a warmish place for 30 mins. Keep the tin to finish the gravy in.

To make the gravy

  • While the goose is roasting, heat the oil in a sauté pan until very hot. Add the veg to the pan, then fry for about 10 mins until brown and just starting to burn slightly. Throw in the herbs, then pour over the cider and boil down by about two-thirds, skimming off any froth that comes to the top.
  • Pour in the chicken stock, reduce by half, then strain into a large jug and set aside.

Time saving tip: The stock can be made the day before.

To Finish Off

Once the goose has come out of the tin, pour all but about 2 tbsp of fat from it, keeping in any brown juices. Place the tin on the heat, scatter in the flour and stir to make a brown paste the texture of wet sand. Slowly pour in the cider stock and stir to make a smooth gravy. Season to taste, then strain again into a gravy jug.

Serve the goose on a platter with the herby onions from the cavity scattered around.

So there you go, we hope you enjoy and let us know how you get on.

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