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Katie Lee's St. Patrick's Day Feast

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without some traditional food, and of course, a pint of Guinness.

"Early Show" contributor Katie Lee shared her take on the Irish classic dinner, shepherd's pie. And for dessert, she's took Ireland's favorite beer to the next level with Guinness floats.

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Shepherd's Pie

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds ground lamb
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large carrots, diced
1 large celery rib, diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
Simple Mashed Potatoes (recipe below)
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the lamb and use a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it browns, season with salt and pepper. Transfer browned lamb to a paper towel lined dish to drain. Wipe skillet clean.

Heat remaining oil in skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots and thyme. Cook until the onions are translucent and vegetables are tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Return the lamb to the skillet and stir in the tomato paste. Add flour. Cook about 2 minutes. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir in the corn and peas.

Transfer to a casserole dish and spread mashed potatoes on top. Use a fork to create swirls on top. Brush with heavy cream. Bake 20 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Simple Mashed Potatoes

2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
Kosher salt
1/2 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Place potatoes in a medium pot. Cover with cold water and add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

In the meantime, heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and milk is very hot but not simmering.

Return the potatoes to the pot and add the hot milk mixture and 2 teaspoons salt. Using a handheld electric mixer, whip the potatoes until smooth and creamy with no lumps. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Cheddar Chive Scones

2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese (*be sure to grate the cheese yourself instead of buying grated cheese because it has more moisture)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a baking sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour and the chilled butter. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and chives. Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk and cheese. Mix with a fork until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the dough begins to shape into a ball. (The dough will be slightly dry.)

Sprinkle a work surface with flour, coat your palms, and rub some on a rolling pin. Turn out the dough onto the work surface. Knead the dough for 1 to 2 minutes, folding it over onto itself each time. Roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Flour a 3-inch fluted biscuit cutter (or the rim of a glass) and cut out the biscuits. Reshape the leftover dough into a ball, roll it out again, and cut out more biscuits until there is no dough remaining.

Place the biscuits on the baking sheet and brush with cream. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. While the biscuits are still hot, spread some softened butter on top of each one and let it melt.

Guinness Float

Vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream

Scoop vanilla ice cream into a pint glass. Top with Guinness and whipped cream.

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