Teriyaki Goose Salad

Photo from: © bev edukabc, Georgia, October 2008

Early season for Canada goose has just ended and will open again on October 22. Marinades are a good call for goose breast to help tenderize the meat and to enhance the flavor. Goose is an excellent source of iron.

1 pound goose breast meat
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1-2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or sherry
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger ( or 1 teaspoon powdered)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
Pinch of cayenne pepper to taste
10 ounces mixed greens (salad lettuces)
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
3/4 cup mandarin orange slices or sliced plums
2 tablespoons Asian flavored salad dressing
To make the teriyaki marinade, mix olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar (or sherry), ginger, garlic, brown sugar and pinch of cayenne in a small glass or ceramic bowl (not metal).  Use a whisk or fork to combine all the ingredients well.
If using a whole goose breast, pierce the meat all over with a fork and then place it in the teriyaki marinade, or you can thinly slice the goose and place it in the marinade. The meat can marinate for as little as an hour (turning the meat over a few times) or as long as a day or two in the refrigerator (again turn the meat a few times during the marinating process).
After the desired amount of marinating time, remove the meat from the marinade. If using a whole breast, grill, pan fry or broil the goose meat for 5-8 minutes a side. The meat should be medium rare or medium, as it will get tough if cooked longer than this.
After cooking, let the whole breast rest a few minutes and then cut the meat into slices. If using goose slices straight from the marinade, pan fry for a few minutes until meat is cooked to medium rare or medium. Place the cooked goose on the greens with the fruit, nuts, and dressing and gently toss the salad to combine the ingredients. Serves 3 – 4.
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