Members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation squared off today in the hotdish competition, hosted by Franken. For his entry, 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz used Austin-made SPAM for his inspiration. His SPAM Town Hotdish features pasta shells, onions, cheese, cream of chicken soup, bread crumbs and, of course, SPAM.
“I’m proud to feature SPAM, an iconic product made right here in the First District, in my hotdish this afternoon,” Walz said in a statement. “Today we come together to share our hotdish recipes, tomorrow let’s continue to act in a bipartisan manner and share ideas on how we can work together to get things done for all Minnesotans.”
Alas, Walz's SPAM creation failed to win over the judges — former Republican Congressman Vin Weber and House Chaplain Patrick Conroy.
In a blind taste test, Franken's "Mom's Mahnomin Madness Hotdish" and Cravaak's "Minneosta Wild Strata Hotdish" tied for the top spot. The other members of Minnesota's congressional delegation who competed prepared the following hotdishes: Sen. Amy Klobuchar made "Ted the Turkey Memorial Hotdish;" Rep. Collin Peterson made "Pølse and Potet Hotdish;" Rep. Michele Bachmann made "St. Croix River Crossing Hotdish; Rep. Erik Paulsen made "Double Barrel Pheasant Hotdish;" and Rep.Keith Ellison made "Minnesota Meat on Your Bones Shepherd’s Pie."
To see the participants' recipes, go here.