Walz pulled off the victory with his "Hermann the German" hotdish, which features brats, tater tots and Schell's beer. The Mankato Democrats' culinary concocotion beat out seven other dishes in a blind taste test for the top spot.
“I want to thank Sen. Franken and his staff for putting this annual, bipartisan event on. It was great to share our recipes and great to finally win,” said Rep. Walz in a statement. “Today we share our hot dish recipes, tomorrow let’s share our ideas to create jobs, grow our economy, and forge a better future for our children and grandchildren.”
This is the third time Franken has hosted the hotdish competition. Joining Walz and Franken in the competition this year were Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison and Rick Nolan. Former congressmen Vin Weber and Gerry Sikorski served as the taste testers.
Klobuchar scored a respectable second place finish with her "Hormel 'I Can't Believe It's Not SPAM' Pepperoni Pizza Hotdish."
"Our Hormel hotdish may not have the shelf life of SPAM, but the recipe is timeless," said Klobuchar in a statement. "It's great to come together every year with the Minnesota delegation for some home-cooked competition and our dish would not have been complete without the delicious pepperoni from a great Austin company. I think if I had added a little more of it, we could have clinched the win."
The other participants made the following dishes: Franken made Willmar Stew Hotdish; Peterson made Easter Ham and Cheese Hotdish; McCollum made Beef, Beer, & Biscuits Hotdish; Bachmann made Southwest Metro Hotdish; Ellison made Juicy Lucy Hotdish; Nolan made ‘Real Deal’ Ranger Hotdish; and Paulsen made Kelly Paulsen’s Taco Hotdish.