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.
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.
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