“[Lady Tanda] invites you to sup with her again. There’s to be a haunch of venison, she says, a brace of stuffed geese sauced with mulberries, and–” “–her daughter,” Tyrion finished sourly. Since the hour he had arrived in the Red Keep, Lady Tanda had been stalking him, armed with a never-ending arsenal of lamprey pies, wild boars, and savory cream stews.” -A Clash of Kings
The goose is rich, somewhat similar to duck, but also much like dark meat on a turkey. Pricking the skin all over allows the extra fat to run off (which can then be used in many amazing dishes), so the meat itself isn’t too fatty. Goose is definitely a win, but a bit on the pricey side. It’s great for wooing potential suitors, or for snazzy holiday feasts.
The sauce is based on a renaissance recipe from Maestro Martino’s “The Art of Cooking”, and is a highlight of this meal. Mulberries are in season in June, so I took full advantage and picked enough to finally finish off this recipe. The fruitiness of the berries is complimented by the vinegar, but as with the honeyed chicken sauce, the vinegar doesn’t overpower the whole. The almond meal provides some thickness and slight texture, while the spices lend it a piquancy that increases the longer the sauce sits. It pairs beautifully with the goose, resulting in a decadent meal.
Recipe for Goose with Mulberry Sauce
- 1 goose, around 10 lb.
- 4 apples
- ~3 cups cubed bread
- 1 cup currants
- 4 Tbs. melted butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and wash the goose inside and out. Pat dry with towels, and arrange on a roasting tray. Cut off excess neck fat, then prick the skin all over with a sharp knife or skewer, which will help drain the fat from the bird. Sprinkle liberally with coarse salt.
Combine all the remaining ingredients to make the stuffing, and stuff the bird. Tuck the wings in to keep them from burning. Roast for 2 hours, then check the goose. If the juices run clear from the thigh, then it should be done. The legs often need a little more time than the body, so it’s alright to take the goose out, carve it, then continue to cook the legs until done. Periodically remove fat with a baster, straining and reserving it for future use.
When the goose is done, allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. Serve with sauce below.
- 2 cups mulberries
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Mix together the mulberries, almonds, and breadcrumbs. Grind all the ingredients together, then pour through a sieve. Add spices to taste (a pinch of each should do), plus enough vinegar to make a sauce consistency, then simmer over medium-low heat for around 5 minutes. Serve warm over the goose, and garnish with fresh mulberries, if you like.