Walz wins Franken’s hot dish cookoff

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 11, 2013

U.S. Senator Al Franken held his third annual Hotdish competition Wednesday. Representative Tim Walz’s “Hermann the German Hotdish” took first place. The friendly competition was started by Franken as a way to bring the Minnesota legislative delegation together to put partisanship aside and celebrate a Minnesota culinary tradition. “It’s a great day when the Minnesota delegation is able to put our differences aside and focus on what really matters – Hotdish,” said Senator Franken. “I want to thank all my colleagues for participating in today’s competition and a huge congratulations to Rep. Walz for his winning Hermann the German Hotdish. It was delicious.” Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Hormel ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not SPAM’ Pepperoni Pizza Hotdish took second place.
The other members prepared the following hotdishes: Senator Franken made Willmar Stew Hotdish; Representative Peterson made Easter Ham and Cheese Hotdish; Representative McCollum made Beef, Beer, & Biscuits Hotdish; Representative Bachmann made Southwest Metro Hotdish; Representative Ellison made Juicy Lucy Hotdish; Representative Nolan made ‘Real Deal’ Ranger Hotdish; and Representative Paulsen made Kelly Paulsen’s Taco Hotdish. the winning recipes are listed below.

Walz’s Hermann the German Hotdish

1 package of brats
1 bottle Schell’s beer
1 onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup of chopped celery
1 can cream of cheddar soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 package tater tots.

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add beer, onions and garlic powder. Submerge the brats into the pot and reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 min. Remove and let cool. Butter the casserole dish. Combine remaining ingredients into a separate bowl, minus the tots. Chop up the brats into bite sized pieces and add to the other ingredients. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish, top with tater tots and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with cheese for the last 10-15 mins of baking.

Klobuchar’s Hormel “I Can’t Believe It’s Not SPAM” Pepperoni Pizza Hotdish


2 cups sliced Hormel Pepperoni
2 pounds hamburger meat
1 box Ronzoni rotini pasta
1/2 large yellow onion
10 1/2 oz can Del Monte pizza sauce
15 oz can Del Monte tomato sauce
1 cup Kemps milk
4 cloves of crushed garlic
4 oz Land O’ Lakes Mozzarella cheese
4 oz Land 0′ Lakes 4 Cheese Italian blend
Oregano, Basil, Italian Seasoning, Salt, Pepper

In a large bowl, combine hamburger meat, diced onion, and crushed garlic. Mix with hands. Add oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste.
Brown the meat, then add 1 cup of pepperoni, tomato sauce, and pizza sauce.
Cook pasta for less time than indicated on the box to prevent noodles from becoming mushy. Drain the pasta, then slowly add the milk and mozzarella cheese.
Combine the two mixtures in 9×13 inch pan. Add the Italian cheese and pepperoni.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil and cook for 15 more minutes.

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