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A Giant Among Eggs: Goose Eggs

updated May 2, 2019
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If bigger is better, then fist-sized goose eggs with their vibrant golden yolks are definitely better. These are eggs that demand to be made into something extra-wonderful. Should you find yourself in possession of a few of them, let’s make sure you have a few ideas.

Physiologically, goose eggs aren’t that different from chicken eggs. They contain a single yolk surrounded by whites, though goose eggs typically have a larger proportion of yolk. Goose egg yolks are also usually richer and more flavorful with a vibrant yellow yolk, thanks in large part to most geese’s diet of foraged foods.

One goose egg is roughly equal to about two regular large chicken eggs and can be substituted for such. You can also go by weight and base your goose egg substitutions off the fact that a large chicken egg weighs two ounces.

If you really want to show off your goose eggs, my recommendation is actually to go simple. Pick dishes where eggs are already the star, like a soufflé or a quiche, and then make it a little fancier with ingredients like mushrooms sautéed in butter, diced serrano ham, and truffle oil. You also can’t go wrong with handmade pasta and goose eggs are prized for making particularly rich and tender noodles. You can use goose eggs in baking (a sponge cake like this one with goose eggs would be heavenly!), but be aware that the larger yolk can make your baked good more dense and moist. You can throw in an extra egg white from a chicken’s egg to compensate.

What special dish would you recommend making with goose eggs?

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