First of all, congratulations to the American people for yet another free and fair election. Mr. Romney you fought the good fight. Good luck to you President Obama in your second term.
I couldn’t help but notice these mini-ham shaped packages with a goose pictured on the top and what looked like a cooked leg of poultry on the bottom in the freezer bins of most Stuttgart supermarkets. It looked like a popular German thing to me so I thought, why not buy one, I can look it up on the internet when I get home and work something out. I found out that gansekeulen means goose leg and I was thinking, whoa, that’s got to be a big goose! But when I opened the package there were actually two goose legs, cleverly fitted together to form the ham shaped package. Very cool, German people!
I looked up recipes for goose legs on the internet but didn’t find them very interesting. I like red cabbage and apples but cooked together with the legs for 3 hours sounded like pate to me. I remembered a roasted pork recipe from Jamie Oliver’s magazine http://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/roasted-pork-sandwich-with-bottom-of-the-pan-relish/that I thought might work as well for the goose legs. It did.
I brought one of my tajines from Sens and the legs fit perfectly inside with the apples, onions, dried plums, carrots and garlic. Happy Days! You could probably substitute turkey legs for the goose legs.
Roasted Goose Sandwich with Bottom of the Pan Relish
2 goose legs
1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaves
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
3 bay leaves, broken in half
2 red onions, quartered
3 large carrots
1 head of garlic
3 apples, cored
Dried seedless prunes
Stab lots of slits in the legs and stuff with the herbs and bay leaf. Place the onions, carrots, garlic head and the apples stuffed with the prunes in the bottom of a tajine. Roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower the temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, cover and continue to roast for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, pouring off the goose fat twice. Remove the tajine and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
Squeeze the roasted garlic into the pan bottom and discard the husk. Lightly mash the vegetables and fruits together, then spread some of this mixture on one half of each sandwich roll, spread mayonnaise on the other half, then top with sliced goose and salad greens.
Wine suggestion: Pinot Grigio or Beer