Save on Pinterest

Roast Christmas Goose

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours + standing


8 servings

I have such fond childhood memories of Christmas dinner and my mother serving a golden brown Christmas goose. To flavor the meat, Mom stuffed the bird with peeled and quartered fruit that's discarded after baking. —Rosemarie Force, White Stone, Virginia
Roast Christmas Goose Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 domestic goose (10 to 12 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and quartered
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 medium lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. Sprinkle the goose cavity with salt and pepper. Place the apple, orange and lemon in the cavity. Place goose breast side up on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Prick skin well with a fork. Pour water into pan.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2-1/4 to 3 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°. If necessary, drain fat from pan as it accumulates. Cover goose with foil and let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Discard fruit.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounce-weight: 376 calories, 26g fat (8g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • Naomie
    Dec 19, 2019

    Just curious, why do you prick the skin? I never have. I slather the skin with butter and use homemade chicken stock instead of water. Just like preparing a turkey. Also good stuffed too!

  • Belinda9652
    Oct 29, 2006

    No comment left