Christmas Goose Dinner

Goose Stuffed with Apples and Armagnac-Soaked Prunes
Photo: Ditte Isager

Here, legendary chef Jacques Pépin's superb Christmas goose dinner menu.

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Roasted Goose with Crispy Skin

Roasted Goose with Crispy Skin
© Frances Janisch

When Jacques Pépin was growing up he only ate goose on Christmas Eve. Here is a menu with traditional French holiday food, beginning with the goose.

Separate the skin from the meat, then steam the goose before roasting—an adaptation of a Chinese technique that helps the bird baste in its own fat and ensures crispy skin.

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Arugula-Fennel Salad


Eugenia Bone, prolific home cook, writer and author of Well-Preserved, serves this simple green salad with a cheese plate and plenty of rustic bread. She always includes Taleggio and aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, as well as fresh imported sheep’s-milk ricotta whenever she can find it at the market.

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Maple-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Maple-baked sweet potatoes

Parboiling the sweet potatoes shortens the cooking time and keeps them moist.

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Peas and Carrots with Two Onions

Peas and Carrots with Two Onions

This delicious old-fashioned dish features peas and carrots in a lightly thickened, buttery thyme-infused sauce.

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Cherry-and-Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Cherry-and-Chocolate Bûche de Noël
© Michael Turek

Every year during Christmas week, executive pastry chef Dominique Ansel of Daniel in New York City serves guests complimentary mini bûches de Noël. His version here is lighter than many, thanks to the beaten egg whites in the batter and the use of whipped cream in place of buttercream as frosting.

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Goose Stuffed with Apples and Armagnac-Soaked Prunes

Goose Stuffed with Apples and Armagnac-Soaked Prunes
Ditte Isager

Nadine Levy Redzepi soaks prunes in Armagnac until they’re superboozy and plump, then combines them with apples and garlic to create an elegant stuffing for roast goose. If boozy flavors aren’t your thing, you can soak the prunes for as little as 2 hours.

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