Sen. Al Franken's Hotdish cookoff has become an annual tradition in Washington, bringing a bit of homegrown Minnesota cooking to the U.S. Capitol to see who can make the best hotdish.
Each year, members of Minnesota's congressional delegation cook up their best hotdish recipes and compete to see whose is the best, based on taste, originality and the use of Minnesota ingredients.
This year's winner is Rep. Betty McCollum, whose Turkey, Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Hotdish was picked as the best of the bunch by a panel of three impartial judges. Although she competed in the cookoff, McCollum was not in attendance at the event.
She beat out Rep. Tim Walz, who has won the cookoff the past two years.
Franken started the friendly competition five years ago as a way to bring members of both parties together away from the partisan sniping in the Capitol, while celebrating a Minnesota culinary tradition, his office said in a statement.
All 10 members of the delegation participated, including the newest – Rep. Tom Emmer, who was elected to the House in November from the 6th District.
"Like many Minnesotans, I grew up on hotdish," said Emmer. "As the delegation's newest member, I'm excited to join my colleagues in this annual tradition celebrating our home state."
Here's a list of the members and their hot dishes.
- Sen. Al Franken: Turkey Chow-Minn Hotdish
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Gobble It Up Minnesota Hotdish
- Rep. Tim Walz (1st CD): Cordon Blue Earth Hotdish
- Rep. John Kline (2nd CD): Not Your Congressional Pork Barrel Biscuit Hotdish
- Rep. Erik Paulsen (3rd CD): Dröp It Like It's Hötdish
- Rep. Betty McCollum (4th CD): Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hotdish
- Rep. Keith Ellison (5th CD): Hot Tot Berbere Tater Dishinator
- Rep. Tom Emmer (6th CD): Fresh Meat Hotdish
- Rep. Collin Peterson (7th CD): Suspend the Rules and Pass the Hotdish
- Rep. Rick Nolan (8th CD): North Shore Jack Pine Hotdish
You can see all the recipes here. As you might expect, several of them include tater tots.