Our Favorite Holiday Duck and Goose Recipes

Hosting a holiday dinner party? Forget the traditional Christmas ham and shake things up with a wildfowl holiday meal everyone will love!


We've compiled a collection of delicious duck and goose recipes that will "wow!" your guests this holiday season.

Pan-Seared Teal with Tart Cherries Recipe

Serve this pan-seared teal recipe with a green salad and roasted squash. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Waterfowl and fruit go together so well, and tart cherries are a nice complement to a duck's fattiness and dark flavor.


Ingredients:

  • 1 whole teal duck, skin on
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Splash of brandy, cognac or whisky
  • ¼ cup dried, pitted tart cherries
  • ¾ cup unsalted beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cold salted butter

Get the Recipe: Pan-Seared Teal with Tart Cherries Recipe


Stuffed Goose Recipe

Stuffed Goose Recipe (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Delicious stuffed goose that is easy to prepare and so delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8- to 10-pound) goose
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 8 cups day old homemade white bread
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Goose Recipe


Easy Orange Duck Recipe

Easy Orange Duck Recipe (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Simple and fast, this duck recipe uses a gravy mix so you can have a meal on the table in a jiffy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 duck, washed and dried
  • 1 package brown gravy mix
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon homemade garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon homemade onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons homemade brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons homemade orange marmalade
  • ¾ cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1 sliced orange

Get the Recipe: Easy Orange Duck Recipe


Grilled Goose Breasts with Chestnut Stuffing Recipe

Serve these grilled goose breasts with chestnut stuffing and a vegetable of your choice. (Photo courtesy of Jacques Haeringer)

Chef Jacques Haeringer shows you how to prepare his mouthwatering grilled goose breasts with chestnut stuffing.

Chestnut Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh chestnuts
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ pound pork shoulder, cubed
  • ½ pound veal, cubed
  • ½ pound pork belly, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup dried bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

Goose Ingredients:

  • 4 wild goose breasts
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Get the Recipe: Grilled Goose Breasts with Chestnut Stuffing Recipe


Berry Nice Goose Recipe

Berry Nice Goose Recipe (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Feel free to substitute the blackberry jelly with raspberry jelly or another fruity flavor in this delicious Berry Nice Goose Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 goose, cleaned and prepped for roasting
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups homemade blackberry jelly
  • ½ cup brandy

Get the Recipe: Berry Nice Goose Recipe


Glazed Goose and Gravy Recipe

Holiday Glazed Goose and Gravy Recipe (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Start a new tradition for the holidays. This particular goose recipe requires 4 hours of marinating before roasting; and so worth it.

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • â…” cup homemade soy sauce
  • 1 chopped celery stalk
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ tablespoon(s) homemade soy sauce
  • â…“ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Get the Recipe: Holiday Glazed Goose and Gravy Recipe


Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe

Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)

Slices of seared duck breast are drizzled in a wonderful, sweet Guinness honey sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 2 plucked mallard breasts
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • â…› teaspoon nutmeg
  • â…› teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped thyme
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Get the Recipe: Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe


Wild Goose Stew Recipe

This wild goose recipe can serve up to 10 people, making it the perfect dish for your next family gathering. (Photo courtesy of Jacques Haeringer)

Share this dish with friends and family during the holiday season.

Wild Goose Stew Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ to 4 pounds goose breasts
  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup lardons (bacon sliced ¼-inch thick by 1-inch long)
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 to 3 cups marinade
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cognac
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 3 cups full-bodied red wine
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup coarsely sliced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Pinch of thyme

Get the Recipe: Wild Goose Stew Recipe


Perfect Christmas Goose Recipe: How to Prepare and Roast Your Bird

Scott Leysath shares his recipe for the perfect Christmas goose and provides tips on how to best prepare and roast it. (Photo courtesy of "The Sporting Chef")

Ah, the Christmas goose — a glistening golden brown bird brimming with roasted chestnuts, flanked by colorful winter fruits on a silver platter. If this is your vision of a Christmas goose, you'll need to stop by the meat market and purchase a big, fat farm-raised bird. Wild geese don't look or taste like their domestic cousins. The wild meat is darker and much leaner. It still tastes great, but only if it has been handled with a little care and consideration.

Get the Recipe: Perfect Christmas Goose Recipe: How to Prepare and Roast Your Bird


Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe

Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe (Photo courtesy of Tom Minchella)

Serve these orange and soy roasted duck legs with a buttery and cheesy risotto.

Ingredients:

  • 4 duck legs
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • â…› cup soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Get the Recipe: Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe


Goose Breast with Cranberries Recipe

Hank Shaw shares his delicious Goose Breast with Cranberries Recipe.

Follow these guidelines and you'll be shocked at how wonderful the Lords of the Air can be on the table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 ½ pounds duck or goose breast
  • Salt (smoked salt if you have it)
  • â…“ cup unsalted butter
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 heaping cup of cranberries
  • ½ cup fresh rosemary, (loosely packed) little bunches on stem
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • Pickled mustard seeds (optional)

Get the Recipe: Goose Breast with Cranberries Recipe


Roasted Duck Recipe with Gravy

Roasted Duck Recipe with Gravy

Tangy and sweet, this will be your new favorite way to cook duck.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds duck
  • 4 tablespoons homemade soy sauce
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • Green onions

Get the Recipe: Roasted Duck Recipe with Gravy Recipe

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