Minnesota loves Prince. The world loves Prince. But a Prince-themed hot dish was not loved as much as “Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish” by judges of the U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s sixth annual hotdish competition.
Sen. Franken started the friendly “Hotdish Off” as a way to bring the delegation together and celebrate a Minnesota culinary tradition.
After a blind taste test of all 10 Minnesota Congressional member’s hotdishes, Rep. Tim Walz’s “Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish” was named the winner of the 2016 Hotdish Off.
Rep. Walz’s Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish victory makes it his third hotdish title.
Rep. Keith Ellison made the Prince-themed green chile-chicken hot dish called “The Most Beautiful Hotdish in the World.” It was a popular entry since it was decorated with the late Minnesota musician’s logo. However, looks did not trump the fast of the taco hot dish.
Press release from Sen. Franken’s office:
“It’s always nice to put aside our differences and come together over some great hotdish,” said Sen. Franken. “I would like to thank all of my colleagues for taking the time out of their busy schedules to join the competition, and congratulate Rep. Walz on his award-winning hotdish. It was delicious. ”
The other members prepared the following hotdishes: Sen. Franken made Land of 10,000 Calories Hotdish; Sen. Amy Klobuchar made Babe the “Brew” Ox Steak and Ale Hotdish; Rep. Collin Peterson made Collin’s Rockin’ Rabbit “Hop” Dish; Rep. Betty McCollum made Making Hotdish Great Again Hotdish; Rep. John Kline made Pizza Pie Hotdish; Rep. Rick Nolan made Cousin Jack’s Hot-Rolled, Corrosion-Resistant Pasty Hotdish; Rep. Erik Paulsen made Boundary Waters Bacon, Beef, and Taters Hotdish; and Rep. Tom Emmer made Havana Hotdish.
Last year, Rep. McCollum bested the competition with her “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hotdish.” Rep. Walz’s “Turkey Trot Tater-Tot Hotdish” took the top prize in 2014, and his “Hermann the German Hotdish” took first place in 2013. In 2012, 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.”