Slow Braised Goose in Cherry Beer
Wash and then pat dry the goose or duck legs then trim them of excess skin and fat trying to remove as much fat as possible but not too much skin
Rub the mixed dry spices well into each of the Maryland’s
Leave in the fridge over night – the longer you leave them with the rub on the more flavour it will impart
Brown goose or duck skin side down first in a hot non stick fry pan – you will not need any oil as the goose will release plenty. Once skin is brown and crisp turn and brown the other side. Remove from pan and keep warm. Discard fat but keep a couple of tbls – brown the onions in the hot oil for a couple of minutes then add the bottle of Kriek and the chicken stock. Reduce this down by about a 1/3 rd. Season with salt and pepper
Place goose in an oven proof dish preferably a heavy one where the meat will fit snuggly and then pour over the braising liquid and onions
Cover with baking paper and a tight fitting lid and bake in the oven at around 160 for 1 ½ - 2 hours
Turn the goose or duck after an hour. Check that the liquid is not bubbling too hard as you just want it to be gently simmering.
Once the goose/duck is pull apart tender remove from the liquid carefully and put on a baking tray and roast in a hot oven for 6 or 7 minutes to crisp up the outside
Place the braising pan with the onions and juice on the stove, if there is a lot of fat carefully skim it off
On a gentle heat add some of the cherry juice the amount depends on how much liquid is left in the pan but let’s say about ½ to one cup
Throw in about a ½ a cup of the cherries
Bring the heat up and reduce the sauce all the time scrapping the bottom of the pan to get any cooked bits off the pan and into the sauce
Once it is reduced to your liking check for seasoning and it is ready
Serve with polenta and steamed bok choy, greens beans or braised red cabbage
Drizzle the sauce around the plate and over the meat
Note – Lambic is a special beer that is made in Belgium that is fairly well available here. Once the beer has finished fermenting sour cherries are added and the beer undergoes a second fermentation. The cherries add colour, some sweetness and also a sourness that makes the beer quite complex and delicious. It comes in small champagne bottles complete with a cork. Lindemans is probably the most widely available here but other brands include Morte Subite, Timmermans and Bellevue. Other flavours include Framboise (raspberry) casis and peach.
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