Serves: 4 to 6
1 (9-to 11-pound) goose, room temperature
2 medium onions, sliced
5 - 6 cups cored, peeled and sliced pears, (drained canned pears w/o added
sugar work well)
8-10 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
1 lemon cut in half
Salt & fresh ground pepper
½ cup chicken broth
1½ cups pear jam or jelly
1 cup dry white wine
- Every 25 to 30 minutes, use a baster to remove excess goose fat from the roasting pan. It will prevent your smoke alarms from alarming the neighbors. Set the goose fat aside, it can be rendered and used for many other delicious dishes.
- Many food sources say to cook the goose to an internal temperature of 160° to 165°. The last time I did that I had an overdone and too chewy goose. When you remove the goose from the oven it will continue to cook. Goose, like duck, should be a little pink.
- Thermal kitchen gloves are the absolute best poultry turners. You get to have your hands directly and firmly on the bird. It doesn’t tear the flesh, or slip and flip the bird flying.
Crisp Pear-Leek Roast Duck
1 5 lb. whole Pekin duck
4 cups boiling-hot water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons of duck fat (or two tablespoons of butter)
2 medium leeks, cleaned, sliced and minced, white only
1 ½ cup dry white wine
1 -8 oz. jar pear jam
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