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Walz wins delegation hotdish cook-off

MinnPost photo by Devin Henry
The Minnesota congressional delegation held its third annual hotdish cook-off on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — We have a new congressional hotdish champion.

Touting a rather traditional recipe heavy on Kraft cheese, tater tots, bratwurst and, the coup de grace, a bottle of August Schell beer, Rep. Tim Walz won the third annual Minnesota delegation hotdish cook-off on Wednesday, taking home the official golden casserole dish trophy.

Walz credited the victory to his office’s unofficial good luck charm, a Hermann the German bobblehead doll that, rather inauspiciously, was the only object in his office to fall over during the 2011 D.C. earthquake. Walz was confident, too, engaging in a little lighthearted Twitter trash talk on Wednesday morning.

“Hermann is back, and we’re glad to be the champions,” he said.

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MinnPost photo by Devin Henry
Rep. Tim Walz’s winning hotdish featured Kraft cheese, tater tots, bratwurst and, the coup de grace, a bottle of August Schell beer.

The “Hermann the German Hotdish” topped dishes from eight other Minnesota lawmakers, including two past champions in Sens. Amy Klobuchar (who layered her dish with pepperoni) and Al Franken, the host of the event who shared last year’s title with former Rep. Chip Cravaack.

Here’s a list of the group’s recipes.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 04/10/2013 - 03:48 pm.


    I still make Amy’s winner from a couple of years ago. Not all of these look good, but I’ll certainly give some of them a try.

  2. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 04/11/2013 - 09:19 am.

    pot luck, politics…comfort food?

    It’s probably good this is only an annual affair…otherwise one could imagine orange road cones blocking the bloody arterials; the clogged arteries of Minnesota congressional members in their sedentary occupation?

    Betty McCollum’s Beef Stew fairs the best in my mind – Nolan’s is a chef’s delight with it’s native ingredients -…but bless their hungry appetites, processed cheese laced tater-tot pot the winner?

    Comfort food for the soul maybe? Reminds me of a church basement supper…shall we pray or top it all , like a shroud, with more processed cheese?

    Question also…do we get the leftovers?

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