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Shepherd’s Pie

9 Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Ingredients (4-6 people)                                                                                                                                              

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppershepherd's pie
  • ½ kg of ground beef or lamb
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3-4 large carrots, finely diced
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 5 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup of stock
  • ½ kg of mashed potatoes (fresh or leftover)

Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Fry the chopped carrots in the olive oil until they start to get tender. Add in the onions and cook for a minute or two then add the meat. Season with black pepper and thyme, then cook until browned. Add the butter and peas, then sprinkle with flour and stir. Add the tomato sauce, wine and Worcestershire sauce. Add the stock and let all of it reduce slightly until you have a thick meaty gravy. Season to taste.

Remove from heat. Pour the sauce into an oven proof dish. Then spoon the mashed potatoes over top. If you prefer, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nicely browned on top.

Serving Tip!

Serve your Shepherd’s Pie with some crusty bread to dip into that tasty sauce!

  Countable and uncountable nouns

Gli ingredienti di questo tipico piatto inglese e irlandese sono la materia ideale per imparare a riconoscere due importanti categorie di sostantivi della lingua inglese: countable and uncountable nouns, ovvero i sostantivi numerabili e non numerabili.

I countable nouns sono quei sostantivi che possono essere preceduti dall’articolo a/an e ammettono la forma plurale. In poche parole, indicano cose che si possono contare. Ad esempio:

a onion – four onions
a carrot – six carrots
a potato – ten potatoes

Al contrario, gli uncountable nouns non ammettono l’articolo a/an nè la forma plurale. Sono sempre usati al singolare, anche quando indicano grandi quantità. In quest’ultimo caso, è necessario sempre usare un’unità di misura (kg, ounces, gr…), un contenitore (a packet, a bottle, a carton, a can, a slice, a loaf…) oppure gli indefiniti some/any. Ad esempio:

two tablespoons of olive oil
a glass of red wine
a cup of stock
½ kg of meat

Come riconoscerli? Purtroppo, c’è poco da fare: vanno imparati a memoria! Pian piano, errore dopo errore! Ma, in generale, la maggior parte dei sostantivi che indicano cibi e bevande sono uncountable, come abbiamo imparato preparando la shepherd’s pie!

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