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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with comforting cottage pie and apple cake

Classic Irish cuisine sets the scene for a festive St. Patrick's Day meal.
/ Source: TODAY

Catherine Fulvio, TV chef, food writer, author and proprietor of Ballyknocken Cookery School is stopping by the TODAY kitchen ahead of St. Patrick's Day. She's preparing two of her favorite traditional Irish recipes for the occasion: comforting, mashed potato-topped cottage pie with ground beef and a decadent apple cake with rich Irish cream sauce.

Cottage Pie

When in doubt about what to make for a comforting dish, my mother always returned to her family cottage pie recipe. Every time I taste this, it brings back so many fond memories of growing up here on the farm.

We have an abundance of beautiful apple varieties in Ireland, so an apple cake is one delicious way to use them up. Every family would have their own take on apple crumble and apple cake.

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