Walz Wins Franken’s “Hotdish Off” Again
photo from Sen Al Franken
Washington, DC (KROC AM News) - Minnesota First District Congressman Tim Walz has done it again.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken held his annual “Hotdish Off” competition Wednesday and for the third time, Walz walked away with the annual trophy for the best entree.
This was the 6th year of the event that was organized by Franken as a way to bring Minnesota’s Congressional delegation together and at the same time, celebrate the state’s various food offerings. Walz won this year’s event with his “Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish” entree. He has won the top prize in three of the past four years.
The other members prepared the following hotdishes: Sen. Franken made Land of 10,000 Calories Hotdish; Sen. Klobuchar made Babe the “Brew” Ox Steak and Ale Hotdish; Rep. Peterson made Collin’s Rockin’ Rabbit “Hop” Dish; Rep. McCollum made Making Hotdish Great Again Hotdish; Rep. Kline made Pizza Pie Hotdish; Rep. Ellison made The Most Beautiful Hotdish in the World: Green Chile-Chicken Casserole; Rep. Nolan made Cousin Jack’s Hot-Rolled, Corrosion-Resistant Pasty Hotdish; Rep. Paulsen made Boundary Waters Bacon, Beef, and Taters Hotdish; and Rep. Emmer made Havana Hotdish.
Last year, Rep. McCollum bested the competition with her “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hotdish.” Rep. Walz's "Turkey Trot Tater-Tot Hotdish" took the top prize in 2014, and his "Hermann the German Hotdish" took first place in 2013. In 2012, Sen. Franken's "Mom's Mahnomin Madness Hotdish" and former Rep. Chip Cravaack's (R-Minn.) "Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish" tied for first place. Sen. Klobuchar took top honors in 2011 with her "Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish."
This year’s judges included:
· Award-winning Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, a native Minnesotan who donned a disguise to maintain his anonymity for when he visits restaurants;
· Dorothy Sietsema, Tom’s mother, and a Minnesota culinary authority in own right, who happened to be visiting from Worthington, Minnesota; and
· Ryan Jensen, the Founder and Owner of popular DC coffee shops, Peregrine Espresso, and native of Fergus Falls, MN.
Participants recipes can be found here.
You can find photos of the competition here.