Slow-cooked goose with cranberry salsa

Treat yourself to a delicious treat with our slow-cooked goose with cranberry salsa recipe. This delicious dish combines the tender, juicy meat of the slow-cooked goose with the fruity and delicate spiciness of the cranberry salsa. The flavors blend harmoniously and form a delicious contrast to the richness of the goose. Our refreshing cranberry salsa offers a delicious twist on traditional cranberry sauce, adding a fresh and vibrant touch to your feast. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with this flavorful and elegant dish that is sure to impress your guests.


  • 1 whole goose (approx. 6 kg), innards removed, cleaned or excess fat
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g cranberries, thawed if frozen
  • 1 orange, peeled and juiced
  • 2 limes, peeled
  • 1 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 2 green chili peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon picked thyme leaves

Preparation steps

  1. Remove the goose from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3.
  3. In a skillet, toast all the spices over medium heat until aromatic.
  4. Using a mortar (or spice grinder), grind the roasted spices into a fine powder.
  5. Mix in the crumbled bouillon cubes, orange peel, 1 teaspoon salt and cinnamon.
  6. Place the goose in a roasting pan with high sides.
  7. Cut the skin all around with a sharp knife.
  8. Rub the spice mixture into the scored skin, making sure to press it into any cut marks.
  9. Cover the dish loosely with foil and roast the goose for 2 hours.
  10. Remove the foil and roast the goose for another 2 hours.
  11. After cooking, let the goose rest, loosely covered with foil, for at least 20 minutes.
  12. Save the fat from the roast goose for frying your cabbage.
  13. Fry the onions in oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  14. Add the cranberries to the onions and cook for a few more minutes.
  15. Remove the cranberry mixture from the heat.
  16. Mix in the remaining salsa ingredients.
  17. Store the salsa in a warm place to allow the flavors to develop.
  18. Carve the goose.
  19. Serve the goose with the salsa.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • Slow cooker or Dutch oven
  • Knife
  • dulcimer
  • measuring spoon
  • measuring cup
  • tablespoon
  • wooden spoon
  • Tablecloth or cover for slow cooker or Dutch oven

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Chicken bouillon cubes (may contain gluten, soy and celery)
  • Olive oil (may contain olives)
  • Cranberry sauce (may contain cranberries)

Please note that allergen information may vary depending on the brand or products used. Always check labels and consult a doctor if you have any concerns or dietary restrictions.

Storage and leftovers

To store leftovers, follow these guidelines:

  1. Allow the slow-cooked goose to cool completely.
  2. Separate the meat from the bones and place it in an airtight container.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  5. To reheat, you can either use a microwave or gently heat it in a pan on the stove.

Always make sure to reheat leftovers properly until they are steaming hot throughout to avoid foodborne illness.

Health Benefits of Slow Cooked Goose with Cranberry Salsa

Slow Cooked Goose with Cranberry Salsa is not only a delicious and indulgent dish but also comes with several health benefits. The combination of lean goose meat, cranberries and various spices makes for a nutritious and filling meal. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits offered by the ingredients in this recipe:

1. Lean goose meat

A whole goose, trimmed of excess fat and slow-cooked, provides a flavorful and lean source of protein. Protein is essential for the growth, repair, and maintenance of body tissues, including muscles, skin, and organs. It is also known to make you feel fuller for longer and aid in weight management.

2. Antioxidant-rich cranberries

Cranberries, a main ingredient in cranberry salsa, contain powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and certain neurological disorders. Cranberries are also known for their ability to support a healthy urinary tract.

3. Vitamin C from citrus fruits

Oranges and limes, both used in this recipe, are excellent sources of immune-boosting vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for the production of collagen, a protein that supports healthy skin, bones, and joints. It also acts as an antioxidant and contributes to overall immune system health.

4. Flavorful spices

The addition of ground cinnamon, star anise and thyme leaves not only improves the taste of the dish but also brings some health benefits. Cinnamon is known to help regulate blood sugar levels, while star anise has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Thyme leaves, a rich source of vitamins and minerals, may have antibacterial and antifungal effects.

5. Heart-healthy olive oil

Using olive oil in the recipe provides healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats are associated with reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

By combining all of these ingredients in a slow-cooked dish, you will not only enjoy a delicious meal but also reap several health benefits. So treat yourself to this tasty and healthy Slow Cooked Goose with Cranberry Salsa and enjoy its nutritional benefits.

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