Wild Goose Chase

1 cup dried apricots, halved
2 cups dried prunes, halved
1/2 cup Madeira wine
1 goose (12 pounds)
juice of 1 orange
2 tart apples
grated zest of 1 orange
salt and pepper to taste
dash paprika
8 slices bacon
1 1/4 cups Wild Goose Sauce (recipe below)

Place apricots and prunes in mixing bowl. Add Madeira. Mix and
set aside.
Preheat oven to 325F. Rinse goose and pat dry. Prick all over
with fork. Rub inside and out with orange juice. Add apples and
orange zest to apricots and prunes. Sprinkle goose inside and out
with salt, pepper and paprika. Stuff cavity with fruit. Skewer
opening closed. Lay bacon slices across breast. Place goose, breast
side up, in shallow roasting pan. Roast for 1 1/2 hours, removing
accumulated fat every 30 minutes. Remove bacon and roast for 1 hour
more, removing fat after 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand
20 minutes before carving.

Make sauce:
pan drippings from roasted goose
2 green onions, chopped
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup Madeira wine
1 tbsp. peppercorns, slightly crushed
1 tsp. cornstarch
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Scrape brown pan drippings into saucepan. Add green onions,
1/2 cup stock, Madeira and peppercorns. Simmer 5 minutes. Mix
cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup stock until smooth. Slowly
drizzle into sauce, stirring rapidly. Add salt and pepper. Stir,
simmer 5 minutes. Serve over goose.