WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCCO) — It was hard to top the Hermann the German Hotdish on Wednesday, as Rep. Tim Walz’s delectable dish took first place in the third-annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition.

GALLERY: Check Out The Dishes

“It’s a great day when the Minnesota delegation is able to put our differences aside and focus on what really matters – Hotdish,” Sen. Al Franken said in a statement. “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.”

The entries were as follows:

Sen. Klobuchar made Hormel ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not SPAM’ Pepperoni Pizza Hotdish (click for recipe)

Sen. Franken made Willmar Stew Hotdish (click for recipe)

Rep. Peterson made Easter Ham and Cheese Hotdish (click for recipe)

Rep. McCollum made Beef, Beer, & Biscuits Hotdish (click for recipe)

Rep. Bachmann made Southwest Metro Hotdish (click for recipe)

Rep. Ellison made Juicy Lucy Hotdish (click for recipe)

Rep. Walz made Hermann the German Hotdish (click for recipe)

Rep. Nolan made ‘Real Deal’ Ranger Hotdish (click for recipe)

Rep. Paulsen made Kelly Paulsen’s Taco Hotdish (click for recipe)

After blind taste testing each member’s hotdish, former Congressmen Vin Weber (R-Minn.) and Gerry Sikorski (D-Minn.), named Rep. Walz’s “Hermann the German” the winner.  Minnesota State Society member Megan Ivory Carr acted as the Master of Ceremonies.

Last year, Sen. Franken’s “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and former Rep. Chip Cravaack’s “Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish” tied for first place. Sen. Klobuchar took top honors in 2011 with her “Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish.”


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