DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar today won the first "Hot Dish Off" among members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation. In a blind taste test, Klobuchar's Taconite Tater Tot Hot Dish beat out the other competitors.
"Given the fine quality of the other hot dishes, this is truly an honor. I think the combination of the tater tots, pepper jack cheese, and unique taconite hot dish name gave us the edge," Klobuchar said in a statement.
Yesterday, DFL Sen. Al Franken announced he would host the bipartisan, bicameral hot dish showdown as a way to bring Minnesota's members of Congress together at th start of the session.
1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz netted the second place spot with his Chicken Mushroom Wild Rice Hot Dish. Asking him about the competition yesterday, Walz said the secret weapon in his dish was a homemade cream of mushroom sauce.
"Last night, we focused on what unites us, what issues we can work together on and spent time with friends from across the political aisle," said Rep. Walz in a statement. "Today we'll share our hot dish recipes and I hope we'll continue in that tradition in this next Congress by sharing our ideas and working together to get things done for all Minnesotans."
Also competing were Franken with his Wild Rice and Turkey Hot Dish; DFL Rep. Betty McCollum with a Pork, Cranberry & Wild Rice Hot Dish; GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann with her Minnesota Oktoberfeast Hot Dish; and DFL Rep. Ellison with his Tuna Noodle Hot Dish.
Getting hungry? You can get the recipes here.