Glazed Goose with Gravy

10-12 lb goose

2 cups boiling water
2/3 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp celery seed
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp white sugar

Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Place your goose in a large resealable bag and pour the cooled marinade over the bird; turn to evenly coat. Refrigerate for 4 hours, turning every hour.

2 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 cups water
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp cold water

Bring the goose out of the refrigerator and discard the marinade.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and spray a shallow roasting pan with vegetable oil.

Rub the outside of the goose with the canola oil. In a small bowl mix the salt, pepper, cinnamon and garlic powder together; rub over the entire bird. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile in a saucepan, combine the 2 cups of water with the cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and honey. Bring to a rapid boil and simmer until it is reduced in half.

Bring the goose out of the oven after 30 minutes and brush the entire goose with the honey mixture; lightly sprinkle with salt. Place back in the oven and cook another 30 minutes.

Now cover the goose with foil and cook until done (1-1/2 to 2 hours) or when a thermometer reads 180 degrees.

When cooked, bring out of the oven and let it rest, covered for 20 minutes. DO NOT prick the skin when it is resting or you will loose all of your juice!

For the gravy, strain the pan juices and discard any fat. Mix the cornstarch with the water in a small saucepan and whisk until smooth. Now add the pan juices and bring to a boil, cooking for 2 minutes or so. Carve your goose and serve with the gravy.

NOTE: Our goose was a tough, old bird so I did the marinade as instructed. But instead of using the spices to season the bird (it had no skin), boiling the remaining ingredients and cooking the bird in the oven, I seasoned the bird with salt and pepper and put everything else straight into the crockpot and let it go long and slow making sure that I basted the bird whenever I thought of it. It ended up way more tender than the one we did in the oven 2 weeks ago.

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