Goose Legs with Pistachios Spaetzle

4 Servings

4 goose legs (3/4 lb)
Salt, freshly ground pepper
2 tart apples, peeled, cored and quartered.
1 onion per 1 ½ tsp mugwort and thyme (dried)
2 cups goose stock.
¾ cup American pistachios (ground)
2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lemon juice
1 ¼ cup flour
3 eggs
1/3 cup mineral water
1 tsp nutmeg (ground)
8 red plums
1 tablespoon butter
1 tsp cinnamon (ground)
2-3 tsp dark sauce thickened


Preheat oven to 350° F (320° F for convection oven).

Wash goose legs, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Peel onion and cut into quarters. Place the apple and onion pieces in the roasting pan; sprinkle with thyme and mugwort. Place the goose legs on top of the onion and apples; pour the goose stock over it. Put the closed roaster in the oven and cook at 350° F (320° F for convection oven) for 3 to 3 ½ hours, while cooking the last 30 minutes uncovered.

Shell the American pistachios, mix it with the oil to form a paste; mix it with salt and lemon juice. Combine flour, eggs, water and nutmeg and mix to a smooth dough, until the dough begins to bubble and then add salt. Press the spaetzle dough through a spaetzle press into boiling salted water; return to a boil, skim off and drain.

Wash plums, halve and stone them, cook about 5-6 minutes in melted butter and season with cinnamon and sugar. Remove the goose legs and keep warm. Degrease sauce, thicken with gravy and season with salt and pepper. Heat noodles with American pistachios paste briefly in a pan. Serve goose legs with American pistachio noodles, sauce and cinnamon plums on plate.

Preparation time: 60 minutes
Cooking goose legs: about 3-3.5 hours

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!