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Walz wins Minnesota congressional delegation's hotdish competition

MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's "Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish" took top honors Wednesday in the sixth annual "Hotdish-Off" among Minnesota's congressional delegation.

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An array of hotdishes await judgement at the sixth annual "Hotdish-Off." (Al Franken photo)

MINNEAPOLIS - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's "Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish" took top honors Wednesday in the sixth annual "Hotdish-Off" among Minnesota's congressional delegation.

It's Walz's third time winning first place in the event in Washington that's designed to promote Minnesota cuisine and nonpartisan cooperation. It's hosted by Sen. Al Franken.

"It's always nice to put aside our differences and come together over some great hotdish," Franken, whose entry was "Land of 10,000 Calories Hotdish," said in a news release.

"This event is counter to so many in Washington in these days," said Rep. Collin Peterson, who entered "Collin's Rockin' Rabbit 'Hop' Dish." "It's an opportunity to put partisanship and politics aside and support the state of Minnesota."

Other entries in this year were:

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  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar's "Babe the 'Brew' Ox Steak and Ale Hotdish"
  • Rep. Rick Nolan's "Cousin Jack's Hot-Rolled, Corrosion-Resistant Pasty Hotdish"
  • Rep. Betty McCollum's "Making Hotdish Great Again Hotdish"
  • Rep. John Kline's "Pizza Pie Hotdish"
  • Rep. Keith Ellison's "The Most Beautiful Hotdish in the World: Green Chile-Chicken Casserole"
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen's "Boundary Waters Bacon, Beef, and Taters Hotdish"
  • Rep. Tom Emmer's "Havana Hotdish"

The entries were judged in a blind taste test by three judges.  Click here for a PDF of the recipes.

McCollum won last year's competition; Walz won in 2014 and 2013. Franken and former Rep. Chip Cravaack tied for top honors in 2012, and Klobuchar won the inaugural event in 2011.

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