This is a recipe specifically for wild goose, which is quite different than a farm-raised goose. Instead of the fruit listed, you can use almost any dried fruit you wish.
A farm-raised goose has a good deal of fat and it has to be removed during cooking. Wild geese fly great distances and there is very little fat on a wild bird. Extra fat has to be added to ensure a moist and tender bird. Having no idea what I was doing I was hoping it would be successful. My son in law said it was the best goose he had ever eaten and he comes from a family that eats mostly wild game from hunting trips. The liquid that cooked from the bird can be made into a gravy by thickening with a cornflour or flour and milk roux.
Kitten, This recipe made the best roast dish ever tasted. Thank you. It was really easy to follow and produced a fantastic goose. The four of us said this was the BEST - 22 Feb 2012
Wild goose recipe? More like wild goose chase! I followed this recipe to the letter and my goose was nowhere close to cooked! It was in the oven for another 40 minutes before I was able to serve it much to the dismay of my guests, never have I been so mortified and I shall no longer be using recipes from this site! Please, don't let yourself be fooled like I was, she doesn't have a clue what she's talking about! - 25 Dec 2014