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Goose with Smoked Pears – Recipe Inspired from Ukraine

2014/12/13 by Varga László

Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 07I have been recently in Ukraine in Zakarpattia – aka Subcarpathia, very nice place, very friendly people, very good food and vodka.

While I was visiting the city and browsing through the farmers market I found smoked pears, never heard of them before.

So when I came back, I had to try them and add a splash of vodka to keep the Ukrainian theme. And since it’s goose season the meat of choice was of course goose.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients (2-4 servings):

  • 2 goose legs
  • 2 goose wings
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 10-15 smoked pearsGoose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 05
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2-3 mild red chili peppers
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 spoon of honey
  • a dash of vodka, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Preparation method:

  1. Salt and pepper the goose legs and wings and place them in an ovenproof dish. Add the bay leaves and white wine,Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 02
  2. Place the dish with goose parts in the preheated oven at 180 C and roast the for about 1.5-2 hours, until done, and the skins are crunchy.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 11
  3. Meanwhile chop finely the red peppers.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 03
  4. Dice finely the tomatoes.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 04
  5. Place the diced tomatoes and chopped  peppers in a small pot, add a cup of water, a bit of salt and pepper, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes until they are soft and mushy.
  6. In another small pot add the smoked pears and about 1 liter of water simmer over medium heat for about 30-45 minutes until the pears have soaked and soften up.
  7. Remove the pears and set them aside.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 06
  8. In the smokey-peary liquid add the dissolved cornstarch, a dash of vodka and the honey, simmer for a minute until thickens a bit.Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 12
  9. Server the goose legs with some boiled potatoes, some smoked pears covered with sauce and a spoon of the chili-tomato sauce.     Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 08 Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 09 Goose with Smoked Pears - Recipe Inspired from Ukraine 10

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