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Rep. Walz wins Hotdish Off

Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation came together for U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) third annual hotdish competition.

Sen. Franken started the friendly “Hotdish Off” as a way to bring the delegation together and celebrate a Minnesota culinary tradition. Rep. Walz’s “Hermann the German Hotdish” took first place.

“It’s a great day when the Minnesota delegation is able to put our differences aside and focus on what really matters — hotdish,” said Sen. Franken. “I want to thank all my colleagues for participating in the competition, and a huge congratulations to Rep. Walz for his winning Hermann the German Hotdish. It was delicious.”

“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. “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.”

“Our Hormel hotdish may not have the shelf life of SPAM, but the recipe is timeless,” said second-place winner Sen. Klobuchar. “It’s great to come together every year with the Minnesota delegation for some home-cooked competition. Congratulations to Congressman Walz for winning with his delicious Hermann the German hotdish.”

“In the midst of an April snowstorm in Minnesota, we’re hoping to heat things up with hotdish,” said Rep. Peterson.

“Minnesota is the hotdish capital of the world. Tonight, when Minnesota families go home, many of them will enjoy hotdish,” said Rep. McCollum.

“I look forward to the hotdish competition with my Minnesota colleagues each year,” said Rep. Bachmann. “It is a bipartisan opportunity to enjoy a little taste of home and celebrate the traditions and sense of community that make Minnesota so great.”

“It was tough to top Sen. Franken’s Mom’s Mahnomin Madness and Rep. Cravaack’s Minnesota Wild Strata from last year, but I congratulate Rep. Walz on taking the top prize,” said Rep. Ellison. “It is always fun to join the Minnesota delegation to share in something we all enjoy — food.”

“I always look forward to joining my Minnesota colleagues for a friendly hotdish competition,” said Rep. Paulsen. “We not only share hotdish recipes, but should continue building relationships that allow us to get things done for Minnesotans.”

After blind taste testing each member’s hotdish, former Congressmen Vin Weber (R-Minn.) and Gerry Sikorski (D-Minn.), named Rep. Walz’s Hermann the German the winner of the 2013 Hotdish Off. Minnesota State Society member Megan Ivory Carr acted as the Master of Ceremonies.

The other members prepared the following hotdishes: Sen. Klobuchar made Hormel ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not SPAM’ Pepperoni Pizza Hotdish; Sen. Franken made Willmar Stew Hotdish; Rep. Peterson made Easter Ham and Cheese Hotdish; Rep. McCollum made Beef, Beer, & Biscuits Hotdish; Rep. Bachmann made Southwest Metro Hotdish; Rep. Ellison made Juicy Lucy Hotdish; Rep. Walz made Hermann the German Hotdish; Rep. Nolan made ‘Real Deal’ Ranger Hotdish; and Rep. Paulsen made Kelly Paulsen’s Taco Hotdish.

Last year, Sen. Franken’s “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and former Rep. Chip Cravaack’s (R-Minn.) “Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish” tied for first place. Sen. Klobuchar took top honors in 2011 with her “Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish.”