Al Franken may be gone from Congress, but Sen. Tina Smith has revived one of his legacies – the annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition
Pitting herself against fellow Minnesota senator, Amy Klobuchar and the state's eight House representatives, Smith hosted the eighth competition of its kind in Washington D.C.
After a blind test by four Minnesota judges – among them Phill Drobnik, the coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. men's curling team – 6th District Rep. Tom Emmer emerged victorious.
His entry? The "Hotdish of Champions" that comprises of tater tot crowns, cream of mushroom, eggs, cheese, crumbled bacon and sausage, topped by (obviously) your choice of cereal (Chex or Total advised).
The name for his hotdish was a tribute to the exploits of Minnesota's Winter Olympians, particularly hockey star Maddie Rooney and Paralympian Mike Schultz from his district.
"Just like them, this ‘Hotdish of Champions’ brought home the gold!" he said.
Franken created the event the engender Minnesota bipartisanship among the state's D.C. delegation, something Sen. Smith was keen to continue.
"I am proud to continue this tradition today because it’s like bringing the Minnesota kitchen—and the tradition of great hotdish—to Washington," she said.
"I want to thank all of my colleagues in the Minnesota Congressional delegation for taking part, and congrats to Rep. Emmer for winning this year’s competition."
Here's Rep. Emmer's winning recipe.